The process for requesting an appointment in the app includes a series of questions, a real-time facial photograph and the submission of information that an undocumented person would provide during their inspection at a port of entry when applying for asylum.
Apply for Asylum in the US Easily with CBP’s One App for Venezuelan Asylum Seekers
Appointments can be scheduled through the app up to 14 days in advance.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that migrants – including Venezuelans – who wish to enter the United States from Mexico can schedule appointments to present their cases and apply for asylum through the CBP One mobile phone app.
Anyone who does not possess U.S. citizenship and is in Central or Northern Mexico to travel to the United States can use the CBP One app to submit advance information about their trip and schedule an appointment to present themselves at land ports of entry at the U.S. Southwest border.
Those who make the appointment request must give proof that they meet certain vulnerability criteria required by the US government to receive migrants, taking into account especially humanitarian situations and must be prepared to corroborate their statements during the hearing.
US Government Works to Enhance Migration Process Security and Orderliness
Thanks to this app, the US government hopes that the migration process will be more orderly and secure, as well as expects many migrants to stop opting to cross the border without authorization.
“It is expected that the use of CBP One will reduce waiting times and help ensure a safe, orderly and optimized processing. It is open to non-citizens of any nationality, provided they are in Central or Northern Mexico. The use of the application is free,” explains a press release.
Through the application, users can request an exception to Title 42 Order, a regulation applied by the United States during mobility restrictions due to COVID-19 that empowers federal officials to expel migrants.
Schedule an Appointment up to Two Weeks in Advance at Arizona Border Crossings
Appointments can be requested up to 14 days in advance at eight border crossings located in Nogales (Arizona), Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Hidalgo, Laredo and El Paso (Texas); as well as Calexico and San Ysidro (California).
When Title 42 Order is lifted, anyone can use the app to schedule an appointment, present themselves for inspection and initiate an asylum request, thereby avoiding going to a port of entry and staying there until the request is approved or denied.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, stated that this measure is directed towards all non-U.S. citizens who believe they meet the necessary conditions to receive asylum in the United States.
“The CBP One application is an innovative solution we are using to facilitate the safe and orderly arrival of non-citizens who believe they meet certain vulnerability criteria and request a humanitarian exception to Title 42 Order,” he stated.
Appointment on The App
The process for requesting an appointment on the app includes a series of questions, a real-time facial photograph and the submission of information that an undocumented person would provide during their inspection at a port of entry.
Upon the arrival of a noncitizen to a designated land port of entry for their scheduled appointment, a CBP officer will determine the appropriate processing disposition.
These determinations will not be made before the in-person inspection and the use of CBP One does not guarantee that someone will be processed on a certain date or time or granted asylum.