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ATDS Update- On December 5, 2006, the CBP Airport Technical Design Standards (ATDS) were approved for implementation. For further information, please contact your local CBP Field Office located in the ports section.

arrowAPIS: Advance Passenger Information System
APIS enhances border security by providing officers with pre-arrival and departure manifest data on all passengers and crew members.
arrowApplying for VWP Signatory Status
- Carrier Initiative Program (CIP)featured see also
arrowCarrier Information Guide
The May 2011 edition is currently available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
arrowCarrier Liaison Program
- CBP Vessel Inspection Guide
- 08/06/2012

Procedures, Regulations, and Documentation for the Processing of Crew and Passengers Arriving in the United States.
CBP Vessel Inspection Guide - pdf versionpdf - 8,066 KB.
- Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program
- 12/11/2009

On November 28, 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection assumed control of immigration procedures for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This action was a part of the implementation of federal immigration law to the CNMI. The new program extends the period of admission from 15 to 45 days, expands the geographic area from Guam only to Guam and the CNMI, and modifies the list of eligible countries.
- Closed Loop Voyages- Frequently Asked Questions
- 12/03/2009

A “closed loop” voyage or itinerary occurs when a vessel departs from a U.S. port or place and returns to the same U.S. port upon completion of the voyage. Travelers on “closed loop” voyages are not subject to the same documentary requirements for entry to the United States as other travelers.
- Electronic Systems Travel Authorization (ESTA)featured see also (offsite link)
- Immigration Advisory Program (IAP)
- 12/03/2009

IAP is part of CBP’s layered border strategy designed to prevent terrorists and other high-risk travelers from boarding commercial aircraft bound for the United States.
arrowVisa Waiver Programfeatured see also
- VWP Signatory Carriers List
- 09/05/2012
VWP Signatory Carriers List - doc versiondoc - 134 KB.
arrowU.S. Customs and Border Protection Airport and Seaport User Fee Advisory Committee
This committee provides advice on issues related to performance or airport and seaport immigration inspectional services including, when such services should be performed, the proper number of deployment of inspection officers, the level of fees and the appropriateness of any proposed fee.

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