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Electronic I-94s Now in Effect at all Airports

June 6, 2013 | Tags: I-94

WSM reported in March that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would gradually eliminate paper I-94s (arrival/departure record) beginning April 30. The automation of I-94s is now complete, and nonimmigrant visitors to the United States coming by air or sea will no longer complete the paper I-94. Instead, the agency gathers travelers' arrival/departure information from electronic travel records. With this new process, the CBP officer will place an admission stamp in the passport. The stamp will display the date of admission, class of admission, and date to which the individual is admitted. Visitors entering by land ports and all entering as refugees, asylees, and advance parolees will continue to receive the paper I-94.

Our firm recommends that nonimmigrant visitors download a record of admission by accessing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. This record may be required for completing the Form I-9 (verification of employment eligibility), as well as applying for drivers' licenses, extensions of status, and changes of employer. If you are a client of WSM, we request that you send us a copy of the admission stamp and record of admission for all family members so that we may verify all information is correct and can continue to monitor work authorization and periods of stay.

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