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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Paper I-94 form (Arrival/Departure-Record) Being Phased Out

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has started phasing out the use of paper Form I-94 since April 30, 2013.  
Paper I-94 form being phased out
It means that foreign visitors coming or returning to the U.S. will no longer have to complete the little white I-94 form any more upon arrival.  The I-94 form has been used by the government to keep track of the arrival and departure record of foreign visitors for many years.  A new automatic process is being implemented to replace the paper form.  CBP will now obtain all travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records.  The new system should actually be a more secure and accurate system than the paper system.  

If foreigners need to obtain their I-94 number and arrival/departure information for employment and other purposes, they can retrieve it by visiting CBP.gov/I94 . 

The following is the implementation schedule of the new electronic I-94 system:

Week 14/30/13 - 5/03/13Charlotte Douglas International Airport,
Orlando International Airport,
Las Vegas Airport,
Chicago O’Hare,
Miami International Airport and
Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport
Week 25/7/13Major Air and Sea Ports within the following field offices:
New York,
Puerto Rico,
New Orleans and
Week 35/14/13Major Air and Sea ports within the following field offices:
San Francisco (includes Hawaii and Guam),
El Paso,
Portland (includes Alaska),
Los Angeles,
San Diego and
Week 45/21/13All remaining airports and seaports

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