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News Alert: TSA reminds travelers of REAL ID identification requirements

News Alert: TSA reminds travelers of REAL ID identification requirements

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, sets standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses. The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. Enforcement begins in 18 months at all U.S. airport checkpoints. Find out how this development may affect you.

@AILANational Know Your Rights Flyer for Green Card Holders

@AILANational Know Your Rights Flyer for Green Card Holders

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of over 15,000 immigration lawyers and practitioners, who represent families seeking permanent residence for their close family members; U.S. businesses seeking global talent; foreign students, entertainers, artists, and athletes; as well as asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis, has released a Know-Your-Rights Flyer for Green Card holders detained at a port of entry.

International Travel Changes for Economist TN Visa Holder

International Travel Changes for Economist TN Visa Holder

On December 18, 2017, USCIS issued clarifying guidance on NAFTA TN status eligibility for economists. USCIS specified how to interpret its policy memo dated November 20, 2017 and the specific work activities its officers should consider when determining whether an individual qualifies for TN nonimmigrant status as an economist.

CBP launches use of facial recognition biometric technology at JFK Airport in NYC

CBP launches use of facial recognition biometric technology at JFK Airport in NYC

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the deployment of facial recognition biometric technology at one Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days for a technical demonstration. CBP is partnering with TSA to utilize international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs.

Can border agents search my phone or laptop?

Can border agents search my phone or laptop?

Can border agents search my phone, laptop and other electronic devices?
With tighter security and screening at borders and ports, this is a question we get a lot. Ordinarily, the police need a warrant in order to conduct a search of your person and your belongings. However, at borders and airports, agents have broader authority to conduct routine searches of people and their belongings that police on the street would not have. For "non-routine" searches (e.g. strip search), agents must reasonably suspect that the person is involved in some criminal activity.