Washington - Last week U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the publication of an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register that will automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States. The comment period for the interim final rule will end on April 26 and the rule should come into effect on April 30, assuming its implementation is not delayed as a result of comments submitted.
Form I-94 provides international visitors with evidence that they have been lawfully admitted to the U.S., which is necessary to verify alien registration, immigration status, and employment authorization.
The automation means that affected visitors will no longer need to fill out a paper form when arriving to the U.S. by air or sea, improving procedures and reducing costs. The change will become effective on April 26 and will be implemented at air and sea ports of entry in a phased approach beginning April 30.
Travelers who need a hard copy or other evidence of admission will be directed to CBP.gov/I94 to print a copy of an I-94 based on the electronically submitted data, including the I-94 number from the form, to provide as necessary to benefits providers or as evidence of lawful admission. ( CBP.gov/I94 ). Please note: ( CBP.gov/I94 ) will not be a live website until the end of April.
As part of CBP's work to bring advances in technology and automation to the passenger processing environment, records of admission will now be generated using traveler information already transmitted through electronic means. This change should decrease paperwork for both the officer and the traveler and will allow CBP to better optimize its resources.
Earlier this week, CBP issued a Fact Sheet on the I-94 Automation. While new information is being released from CBP on a daily basis, I urge you to share this information with your foreign national workforce so they know what to expect upon their first entry to the U.S. after April 30.
Updates are being provided on the CBP web site at: