USA/CANADA — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently made an apprehension in Toronto and Vancouver, immediately following the implementation of Simplified Arrival, an enhanced international arrival process using facial biometrics, which began in Canada earlier this month.
In Toronto, CBP officers identified a facial mismatch of a Canadian citizen attempting to travel to the United States. Upon further inspection, CBP officers uncovered that the traveller attempted to use her sister’s passport for entry into the United States. The imposter was denied admissibility and turned over to Canadian authorities.
In Vancouver, during the Simplified Arrival process, CBP Officers identified a traveller who had been a previous deportee from the United States. A secondary inspection further uncovered that the traveller had claimed asylum in Canada, but did not have a valid travel waiver, nor did he have permission to reapply for admission into the United States. The traveller was processed for withdrawal from the United States and returned to Canada.
“These apprehensions are a prime example of our skillful officers and their dedication to efficient and secure travel,” said Clint Lamm, CBP director of field operations. “Simplified Arrival helps enhance our officers’ tool kit, enabling them to perform at an even higher level of professionalism to provide a better experience for the travelling public and secure the nation.”
Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses biometric facial comparison technology to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. This process provides travellers with a touchless experience that further secures and streamlines international arrivals while fulfilling a longstanding Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens.
Simplified Arrival only uses the biometric facial comparison process at a time and place where travellers are already required by law to verify their identity by presenting a travel document. When travellers arrive at a Preclearance location for a US-bound flight, they will pause for a photo during their brief interview with a CBP Officer. The process compares the new photo of the traveller to a small gallery of high-quality images that the traveller has already provided to the government, such as passport and visa photos. New photos of US citizens will be deleted within 12 hours, while photos of most foreign nationals are stored in a secure Department of Homeland Security system.
To date, more than 62 million travellers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land and seaports of entry. Since September 2018, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent more than 400 imposters from illegally entering the United States by using genuine travel documents that were issued to other people.