Border Crossing Card Law and Legal Definition

The Border Crossing Card (BCC) is the Mexican-U.S. border crossing card that allows card holders to move easily through border immigration controls. The BCC is issued to qualified travelers, it can be used a B1/B2 (business/tourist) visa. The BCC is valid for a time period of 10 years. It is also known as the laser visa.

The BCC contains many security features. Section 104 of the United States Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 serves as the legal basis for the issuance of BCC. A second generation B1/B2 visa/BCC was started on October 1, 2008. The new card is analogous in size to the old BCC, but contains enhanced graphics and technology.