Entry formalities in the United States
Whether you want to go to the United States for a pleasure trip or for business, you will follow the same route as you get off the plane: direction immigration service! Simple formality for some, real anxiety for others, this passage with immigration officers is usually very fast , especially if you have your ESTA.
Papers to present
When submitting to the Immigration Department, you will need several documents, as indicated on the Department of States or Department of Homeland Security websites:
- Your passport for the United States must be biometric or electronic valid.
- Your blue card 6059B : discount on the plane, it allows you to enter your first and last name, your passport number but most importantly, it allows you to take stock of the items you bring with you in the US (including products of animal or vegetable origin). It is also on this document that you will indicate your address during your stay. Make sure you have this information with you before boarding the plane!
- Your ESTA card . Our team advises you to keep with you a copy of the ESTA form that you have completed and sent before your trip. Nevertheless, the immigration officer will not ask you for this document. Indeed, all information about you is already stored on the computer and ready to be viewed. Remember that ESTA turnaround times are variable so do not go at the last minute.
The course of the transition to immigration
Moving to US immigration takes only a few minutes. Nevertheless, depending on the influx of travelers, which are obviously very numerous, arrive until the agent can take between 1 hour and 1:30. You must absolutely have completed the ESTA application procedure beforehand, and that it has been validated.
At the end of the queue, several steps:
- The traveler first gives his blue card 6059B (customs form), his passport or transit visa in the case of a stopover .
- The traveler is photographed , his fingerprints are scanned.
- Some questions are asked by the agent . They generally concern the length of stay, the reason for the trip or the place of residence.
Passengers with a US connection pass immigration on their first stop and not on their final destination. Indeed, the second part of the trip being done in internal flight, the legislation is no longer the same. A special queue is reserved for travelers who are just passing through.