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US to change way travellers exit country

26 January 2009 08:57

US to change way travellers exit country

The current system of handing in a green form, or l-94W on exiting the US is to be replaced by a more efficient electronic method, Ginny McGrath says.

However, she adds: "Those Britons who may have had problems with this procedure may find that this record is carried over to the ESTA [the new system] and result in delays of processing the form."

Although the new procedure, which begins in January 2009, should allow for quicker exiting, there is the risk of being entered into a pending procedure which can take up to 72 hours if there are problems with spellings, passports with more than ten years validity, and common name combinations.

The new ESTA system will require personal data to be entered including address and date of birth before a passenger will be allowed to travel.

Additionally, although the new system is free, an attache with the Department for Homeland Security said that they did not rule out fee charging in the future.  ADNFCR-1320-ID-18720949-ADNFCR