A border crossing card (BCC) is a credit card style travel document often referred to as a “laser visa.” It is equivalent to the combined B1/B2 temporary visitor visa. The B1/B2 visa is affixed to your passport but the BCC is a separate document.
B1 temporary visas enable the holder to travel to the US for business reasons, consult with associates, negotiate contracts, buy goods/materials, attend conferences, etc. This visa does not usually include employment in the US. B2 temporary visas are for pleasure, vacationing, touring, visiting friends,/family, medical treatment, etc.Combined B1/B2 visas and BCCs enable holders to travel for business or pleasure.
How Long and How Far Can I Travel With a BCC?
The border crossing card enables you to travel up to 30 days and no further than 25 miles beyond the border. If you want to travel further and/or longer you can apply for a permit using the 1-94 form. If you are granted an I-94 form you must return it to US authorities upon your departure; doing so is official proof that you did not violate the terms of your permit and visa. This is proof that you did not violate US immigration laws and makes it easier for you should you wish to return to the US as an immigrant or non-immigrant.
Can My Child Obtain a Border Crossing Card?
Yes, so long as you, their parent, have or are also obtaining a BCC. If your child is under 15 years old, you can pay a reduced fee for their Card. BCCs issued to people under 15 years old expire after 10 years or once the child turns 15, whichever comes first.
How Long Does the Border Crossing Card Last?
For everyone except children under 15 years old, a border crossing card is valid for 10 years.
How Much Does the Border Crossing Card Cost?
For people 15 years old and over, the cost of a border crossing card is $140. For everyone 15 years old and younger, the cost is $14.
Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?
Getting a border crossing card can be complicated and delays costly, so you may find the assistance of an immigration lawyer helpful.