CBP Implements Form I-94 Automation

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on April 30, 2013 started to implement the automated version of the Arrival/Departure Record card (I-94) at air and sea ports of entries. Foreign travelers who enter the United States at air or sea ports of entry will be able to access their electronic I-94 by visiting www.cbp.gov/I94.

Upon inspection at the point of entry, CBP will provide foreign travelers a tear sheet with instructions of how to check their electronic I-94 on CBP’s website. From the website, foreign travelers can print out their form I-94 in paper. Paper form I-94s may be required then foreigners need to apply for certain immigration or non-immigration benefits.

To ensure that Form I-94 automation will not disrupt the applications with the USCIS, it has begun updating certain forms requesting applicants and petitioners to enter the admission number from their form I-94 and/or their:

  • Passport information, including passport number, country of issuance and expiration date; and
  • Travel Document information, including Travel Document number, country of issuance and expiration date.

USCIS will accept the electronic I-94 in paper format obtained from CBP’s website as evidence of lawful admission. It will be equivalent to the paper versions of I-94 issued by CBP and USCIS. Other than submitting the electronic I-94 in paper, USCIS will also accept photocopies of the passport pages that contain the individual’s biographical information, visa and admission stamp. These alternatives will allow applicants and petitioners more ways to provide proof of lawful U.S. entry in order to establish eligibility for certain USCIS benefits.

For more information regarding CBP’s I-94 automation or to access your electronic I-94, please see CBP’s News Release or visit their website at www.cbp.gov/I94.

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