CBP Begins Implementation of Form I-94 Automation

On April 30, 2013, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started implementing the automated version of Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record at air and sea Port of Entry and by the end of the week anticipate the inclusion of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (North Carolina), Orland International Airport (Florida), McCarran International Airport (Nevada), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Illinois) , Miami International Airport (Florida) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The automation implementation will continue across the United States through May 21, to include air and sea Ports of Entry that support international arrivals.

Under the new implementation, foreign travelers entering the United States at air and sea Ports of Entry will be able to access their electronic Form I-94 by visiting CBP.gov/I94. After inspection at the Port of Entry, CBP will issue foreign travelers a sheet with instructions on how to look up their electronic information including I-94 number. Foreign travelers may need their Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits from USCIS, or when applying for public benefits from other government agencies.

USCIS has begun updating certain forms requesting applicants and petitioners to enter the admission number from their Form I-94, in order to ensure that the Form I-94 automation will not disrupt USCIS’s adjudication of benefit requests.

USCIS will accept the electronic print out of Form I-94, obtained from CBP’s website, as evidence of lawful admission. This document is the equivalent of the paper versions of Form I-94 issued by CBP and USCIS. In lieu of submitting the electronic print out, USCIS will also accept photocopies of the passport pages that contain the individual’s biographical information, visa and admission stamp by CBP officer. 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 a complete list of USCIS forms being revised to align with the Form I-94 automation, please visit our website www.ImmigrationAttorneyLA.com

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