CBP Issues New Customs Declaration Form, Expands Definition of Family

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Customs and Border Protection announced yesterday that it issued a new updated Form 6059B Customs Declaration Form that expands the definition of family members. The form indicates that “the term ‘family’ is defined as ‘members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.’” The updated language allows more people entering the United States to file a joint customs declaration and reduces the paperwork burden for visitors, as well as government workers. The form has been updated to reflect the language of an updated regulation which clarifies that foster children, stepchildren, wards and other dependents, as well as individuals in a guardian relationship are recognized as family members. Also recognized as family members are two adults engaged in long-term committed permanent partnerships, regardless of sex, and those in civil unions and domestic partnerships. The language reflects recognition of same-sex and opposite-sex relationships that are not necessarily bound in a traditional marriage.

The form can additionally be filled out online at http://www.cbp.gov and printed prior to travel to the United States.

Bryon M. Large, Sr. is a Senior Associate Attorney at Kolko & Associates, P.C., a Denver-based full service immigration law firm. He is licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and has also been admitted by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. Bryon actively practices removal defense, federal litigation, family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum and naturalization.


Bryon is a past Chapter Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a Past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.


Bryon’s true passion in life is being a father to his two children.

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