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Entering the United States? There’s an App for That!

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Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection launched a mobile app to expedite the entry process into the United States. The app can only be used for entry at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for now as part of a pilot program, but shows the direction CBP is moving with regard to paperless travel nationally.

Following the app download, travelers will create a profile with passport information. Upon arrival to the United States, travelers will electronically submit their customs declaration via wifi or data connections and be given an electronic receipt with a QR code. Travelers will present their bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer for clearing Customs.

Coupled with automated passport control and automated I-94 entry records for non-immigrant visitors, as well as trusted traveler programs like Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI, CBP is clearly dedicated to automation and efficiency in travel. Continued roll-out of the mobile passport control app is expected at more U.S. airports later this year. The app is currently available through the Apple App Store, and is expected to be made available to Android users in the near future, as well.


Bryon M. Large, Sr. is a Senior Associate Attorney at Kolko & Associates, P.C., a Denver-based full service immigration law firm. He is licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and has also been admitted by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. Bryon actively practices removal defense, federal litigation, family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum and naturalization.

Bryon is a past Chapter Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a Past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Bryon’s true passion in life is being a father to his two children.

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