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Automation of Form I-94: New information

May 14, 2013 | In Other Departments

The Form I-94 is issued at the port of entry to nonimmigrants by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to record arrivals and departures from the U.S. Previously, individuals would complete a paper Form I-94 and the CBP officials would stamp the top portion of the form with the date of arrival and indicate the individual’s immigration status and expiration date.

On Mar. 27, U.S. CBP published an interim final rule in the Federal register regarding automation of the Form I-94.  This rule will be implemented in stages starting on Apr. 30 and will only impact travel by air or sea.  An electronic Form I-94 will be created at the port of entry by a CBP official.  Review for accuracy the entry stamp which will be placed in your passport by CBP. Check the class of admission (F-1, J-1, H-1B, etc.), the date of entry and “admitted to” date (Expiry date of H-1B,TN, O-1 or E-3 status. D/S for F and J status) and bring errors to the attention of the CBP officer.

Travelers may access their Form I-94 on the CBP website by inputting their information (name, passport number and country of issuance, class of admission, and date of entry). There is also a list of frequently asked questions on the website. Travelers are encouraged to print their electronic Form I-94 from the website upon arrival, as a print copy will be needed for work authorization, driver license and social security applications, etc.

Travelers at land ports of entry to the U.S. will receive a modified paper version called the I-94A. Some individuals, such as refugees and asylees, will continue to receive a paper form I-94.