14 APC kiosks will be installed at JFK Terminal 7 and will be functional from mid-July 2016.
Further improvements to the immigration process at JFK’s Terminal 7 are just around the corner, thanks to the upcoming arrival of new technology that will cut queuing times.
The kiosks can be used by any customer travelling on a U.S. or Canadian passport, the ESTA visa waiver programme, or a B1/B2 tourist visa (those travelling with an ESTA or on a B1/B2 tourist visa need to have entered the U.S. at least once since 2008).
The new technology, Automated Passport Control (APC), has been developed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and is available at a number of airports across the country, where it has proven to expedite travel through immigration, and greatly enhance the customer experience, even for non-APC users.
Eligible customers no longer need to fill out a paper customs form, they simply proceed directly to an APC kiosk. They are then prompted to scan their passport, take a photograph, and answer a series of customs related questions (similar to those on the paper form). Once customers have done this, a receipt will be issued. They then bring their passport and receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the U.S. The kiosks allow people living at the same address to be processed together, so families will be able to complete the transaction at a single machine.