A phone application which goes by the name of “CBP One App,” was first launched in October of 2020. The app was designed in order to help expand the access that asylum seekers have to customs programs and services following the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the Center for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) decision regarding the continued implementation of Title 42 public health directive, only noncitizens who may be evaluated for a humanitarian exemption may utilize CBP One App. In accordance with the Title 42 ruling, CBP is permitted to admit people on an individual basis, taking into account all relevant factors, such as humanitarian concerns. Non-citizens who use this app must present themselves at a port of entry with the certification that they think they match specific recognized vulnerability criteria with proof of this assertion.
Starting on January 18th, through this app, asylum applicants can now submit information such as live photo identification and other advanced information that an undocumented citizen would typically supply during their examination at a port of entry. This information is among the requirements for scheduling, and the app assists migrants with the process of submitting all of all the necessary documents. The overall objective of the CBP One App for immigration processes is to enable a safe and orderly procedure at ports of entry for all passengers by simplifying their experience there, and cutting down on wait times. Among a couple ports of entry that have been participating in the new scheduling through the app are Texas, Arizona, and California. Application users are hopeful that this new tool will ease their immigration process and allow them to find refuge in the United States.