Starting April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin implementing a paperless I-94 procedure at U.S. air and sea ports of entry (see below for implementation schedule). International visitors will no longer receive paper I-94 cards at air and sea ports of entry. Instead, they will be electronically processed at the ports and can access and print their own arrival information from the CBP website (www.cbp.gov/I-94) after being admitted to the U.S.
Please review the CBP release below (also at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/i-94_instructions/i94_rollout.xml)
CBP to Rollout New Arrival/Departure-Record Process for Foreign Visitors
Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S.—only via air or sea—who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts its records automation on April 30, 2013.
When the electronic rollout begins April 30, CBP 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. The agency will gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. This automation will streamline the entry process for travelers, facilitate security and reduce federal costs. CBP anticipates that the automated process will save the agency an estimated $15.5 million a year.
Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.
CBP will phase-in the Form I-94 automation at air and sea ports of entry through April and May. Foreign visitors will continue to receive the paper Form I-94 until the automated process arrives at their port of entry. Following automation, 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 www.cbp.gov/I94.
With the new CBP process, a CBP officer will stamp the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler. The admission stamp will show the date of admission, class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until. Travelers will also receive on arrival a flier alerting them to go to www.cbp.gov/I94 for their admission record information.
Travelers will not need to do anything differently upon exiting the U.S. Travelers previously issued a paper Form I-94 should surrender it to the commercial carrier or to CBP upon departure. If travelers did not receive a paper Form I-94, CBP will record the departure electronically via manifest information provided by the carrier or by CBP.
For more information and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit CBP’s Form I-94 website: www.cbp.gov/I94.
*PLEASE NOTE: www.cbp.gov/I94 will not be live until the end of April, 2013.*
Implementation Schedule: 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.
- Week 1 - 4/30/13: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Las Vegas Airport, Chicago O’Hare and Miami International 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.