Navigating Summer 2024 Travel: A Guide for International Visitors and U.S. Entrants

With the summer travel season of 2024 anticipated to be bustling, those planning international trips and entries into the United States should prepare for a busy period at consulates and U.S. Ports of Entry. Despite efforts to decrease visa wait times, some travelers may still face delays. As such, advanced preparation is crucial.

Essential Pre-Travel Checklist for U.S. Entry

  • Passport Validity: Ensure that your passport and those of any accompanying family members are valid. It’s advisable to have at least six months of validity remaining on your passport at the time of your visa application or when entering the U.S.
  • Required Documentation: Depending on your visa type, you may need to present various documents upon arrival in the U.S., such as an I-797 Approval Notice, Form I-129S, Advance Parole Document, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or Form DS-2019 with travel endorsement. Although no longer mandatory, having proof of COVID-19 vaccination could be beneficial in some contexts.
  • Verify Admission Classification: At the point of entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will verify your admission classification. It’s crucial to ensure that any provided stamp or electronic record matches your expected visa classification. Always check your I-94 record online after entry to confirm the details are correct.

Guidelines for Foreign Nationals Without a Current Visa

  • Consult Immigration Counsel: Engage with immigration experts well in advance of your travel to navigate through potential intensive scrutiny or detailed interviews at consulates.
  • Prepare Documentation: Before setting a visa appointment, make sure to complete necessary forms like the DS-160 and gather all required documentation. This could include employment verification letters that corroborate the details provided in your visa petition.
  • Online Presence: Be aware that your online profiles on social platforms and professional networks might be reviewed by immigration authorities. Ensure that all information is accurate and consistent with your application.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up to date with the latest procedures and waiting times at the consulate through their official website. This will help you to plan your application submission and travel accordingly.

Travel Tips for Visa Waiver Program Participants

  • ESTA Authorization: If you are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain an ESTA approval at least 72 hours before your travel. This authorization is essential and valid for up to two years, needing renewal with any significant change in your passport or personal circumstances.

Advance Parole for Adjustment of Status Applicants

  • Travel Document Validity: Those with pending Adjustment of Status applications must possess a valid Advance Parole document before leaving the U.S. to avoid jeopardizing their applications. Ensure that this document is valid for both your departure and return.

Contact Information

If you or your family members have any questions about how immigration and nationality laws in the United States may affect you, or if you want to access additional information about immigration and nationality laws in the United States or Canada, please do not hesitate to contact the immigration and nationality lawyers at NPZ Law Group. You can reach us by emailing or by calling us at 201-670-0006 extension 104. We also invite you to visit our website at for more information.