U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry encourages travelers to plan ahead, utilize Ready Lanes and asks for the public’s patience as CBP prepares to facilitate Thanksgiving holiday traffic without a full complement of officers due to recent deployments in support of border security operations in response to the arriving migrant caravans in California. CBP at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry makes necessary arrangements to implement facilitation measures to assist the traveling public with their experience while crossing one of the busiest land border ports in Texas.

“Traffic volumes increase by approximately 20 percent during our holiday periods at the Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry and this year we are impacted by the temporary deployment of CBP officers to California in response to the migrant caravans,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “We thank the traveling public for being proactive, patient and availing themselves of facilitation measures such as Ready Lanes, as CBP reported reduced wait times compared to previous years.

The Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry strongly encourages travelers to apply for their tourist permits online via http://i94.cbp.dhs.gov Travelers receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online. To finalize the I-94 process, travelers must present themselves at a port of entry within seven days of their application to be interviewed by a CBP officer, submit biometric fingerscans and a photo is taken. Travelers who submit their I-94 applications electronically and present their provisional I-94 permit receipt will be extended front of the line privileges.

CBP also encourages travelers to obtain and utilize radio-frequency identification technology (RFID)-equipped travel documents such as U.S. passport cards and the newer versions (i.e. since 2011) of the border crossing card and resident alien card so that they can utilize Ready Lanes. Processing in Ready Lanes is 20 percent faster than normal lanes and provide a time savings of up to 20 seconds per vehicle. CBP encourages travelers to obtain RFID entry documents to use Ready Lanes and enroll in trusted traveler programs.