CBP rolls out New I-94 Process for Arrival/Departure Records
May 3, 2013 § 1 Comment
As of April 30, 2013, foreign travelers entering the United States (by air or sea) will no longer be issued a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Card.
Instead, Form I-94 will be an electronic documentation of arrival with information obtained by scanning a traveler’s passport. This automation will streamline the entry process for travelers, facilitate security and reduce federal costs.
Customs and border officials will still stamp the passport with the date and traveler status at entry. Foreigners should then go to CBP.gov/I94 to review their record. Any errors discovered should be immediately reported to CBP.
If travelers need information from their I-94 admission record to verify immigration status or employment authorization, the record number and other information will be available at CBP.gov/I94.
Once the foreigner leaves the country, s/he will no longer have access to the records. Our immigration lawyers recommend that travelers print a paper version of their Form I-94 in order to maintain an immigration record of time spent in the U.S.
Please note that because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper Form I-94 at land border ports of entry.