Border Crossing Card
The Border Crossing Card (BCC) is both a BCC and a B1/B2 visitor’s visa. A BCC (also referred to as a DSP-150) is issued as a laminated card, which has enhanced graphics and technology, similar to the size of a credit card. It is valid for travel until the expiration date on the front of the card, usually ten years after issuance.
Border Crossing Card Validity
- The new card is valid for ten years after issuance, except in the cases of some children (see Border Crossing Card Fees).
- “Laser visas” issued prior to October 1, 2008 are still valid for travel until the expiration date on the front of the card.
Qualifying for a Border Crossing Card
- B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Cards are only issued to applicants who are citizens of and resident in Mexico.
- Applicants must meet the eligibility standards for B1/B2 visas.
- They must demonstrate that they have ties to Mexico that would compel them to return after a temporary stay in the United States.
Applying for a Border Crossing Card
BCC applicants must make an application using the normal procedures set by consular sections in Mexico. Refer to the websites of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico for details.
All applicants for a B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Card must have a valid Mexican passport at the time of application.
Border Crossing Card Fees
For current fees for Department of State services, select Fees.
Mexican children under 15 years of age pay a reduced fee for a Border Crossing Card. The child must have at least one parent who holds a valid BCC or is applying for a BCC. BCC's issued for the reduced fee expire on the child’s 15th birthday. If the full fee is paid, the child receives a BCC valid for the full ten years.
References - U.S. Laws
Section 104 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) serves as the legal basis for the issuance of Border Crossing Cards.