Immigration and CBP Automated Form I-94 Admissions. On April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementing its plan to automate the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Pursuant to regulations published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2013, CBP is no longer using the paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and will be substituting an annotated passport stamp and an electronic record for certain aliens arriving at air and sea ports of entry. Aliens arriving at a land border will continue to receive a paper Form I-94 from CBP.
Under the new rule, refugees, asylees, and parolees will continue to receive a paper Form I-94 from CBP at land, air, and sea ports of entry (POEs). In addition, a nonimmigrant alien may request a paper Form I-94 from CBP at a POE. In both cases, CBP will issue a paper Form I-94 in secondary rather than primary inspection. The paper Form I-94 provided by CBP at POEs will be a print out of the electronic record available at www.cbp.gov/I94. If you entered the United States after April 30, 2013, we strongly recommend that individuals access and print out a record of admission. Although doing this is not legally required, it is a "best practice" policy for several immigration related reasons.
Printing a record of Form I-94 allows an individual to verify admission in the class and for the period of time indicated on the passport stamp. Also possession of the paper printout may facilitate applications for ancillary benefits, such as a driver's license, a Social Security number, automatic visa revalidation under
22 CFR §41.112(d), etc. Another important reason for such nonimmigrant aliens to carry a paper Form I-94 is that it would function as a backup document in the event that CBP officers cannot access the electronic record of admission due to a systems failure at the time that alien seeks re-admission to the U.S.
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