Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ELECTRONIC I-94 CARDS

USCIS and Customs and Border Security (CBP) have rolled out an automated I-94 card system effective this week.  Foreign entrants into the US via air and sea ports will no longer be given paper I-94 cards at the inspection desk.  Foreign nationals will be electronically registered by the Port of Entry officer.   This is a good step toward an all-electronic entry and exit system.

CBP has set up a dedicated webpage through which foreign nationals can review the electronic record of their entry and print out a paper copy of the I-94.  The paper copy is often needed by other federal and state agencies for immigration benefits and US drivers licenses.  One would hope that these agencies will be able to tap into the CBP system rather than relying on paper copies.

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