The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is getting rid of the I-94 forms that all international visitors to the U.S. are now required to fill in.
A relic of several decades, those white I-94 forms are something we all remember filling in on the plane each time we returned from India until we became U.S. Permanent Residents.
The completed I-94 cards are presented at the port of entry, and after being stamped by the immigration officer provide evidence that international visitors have been lawfully admitted to the U.S.
I-94 cards are used to verify alien registration, immigration status and employment authorization.
CBP is automating the I-94 process so that visitors are no longer required to fill out a paper form when arriving to the U.S. by air or sea.
As part of Customs and Border Patrol's automation process, the records of visitors' admission to the U.S. will now be generated using traveler information already transmitted through electronic means.
CBP expects the change will decrease paperwork for both the immigration officer at the port of entry and the traveler and allow the agency to better optimize its resources.
By automating the process, the Customs and Border Protection agency expects to save tax payers $15.5 million a year.
I-94 Hard Copy
International visitors wanting a hard copy or other evidence of admission will be directed to www.cbp.gov/I94 (link not active yet) to print a copy of an I-94 based on the electronically submitted data, including the I-94 number from the form, to provide to benefits providers or as evidence of lawful admission.
The I-94 change will go into effect 30 days after Customs and Border Protection's new rule is published in the Federal Register.