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Form I-94 Automation: Implementation Schedule
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As our readers would be aware, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had earlier announced that it will automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. 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.

CBP has now informed that it will phase-in the Form I-94 automation at air and sea ports of entry through April and May. Implementation will begin on April 30 at five pilot ports of entry and will continue to the remaining ports of entry over a total of four weeks as below:

Week 1

4/30/13

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Las Vegas Airport, Chicago O’Hare, Miami International Airport and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport

Week 2

5/7/13

Major Air and Sea Ports within the following field offices:

New York, Boston, Buffalo, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, Tampa, Puerto Rico, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans and Houston

Week 3

5/14/13

Major Air and Sea ports within the following field offices:

Pre-Clearance, San Francisco (includes Hawaii and Guam), Tucson, El Paso, Seattle, Portland (includes Alaska), Los Angeles, San Diego and Laredo

Week 4

5/21/13

All remaining airports and seaports

Foreign visitors will continue to receive the paper Form I-94 until the automated process arrives at their port of entry. Further, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry as advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers.

The New Process

CBP has informed that when the electronic rollout begins April 30, it will no longer require international non-immigrant visitors to fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record upon arrival to the U.S. by air or sea. CBP will gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records.

Under the new process, a CBP officer will stamp the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler, which will show the date of admission, class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until.

Foreign visitors will be able to access their CBP arrival/departure record information online. If travelers need the information from their Form I-94 admission record to verify immigration status or employment authorization, the record number and other admission information will be available at CBP.gov/I94. However, CBP.gov/I94 will not be live until the end of April, 2013.



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