Automated Form I-94 Admissions Process
Beginning in April 2013, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) instituted a so-called “Automated Form I-94 Admissions Process” for persons entering the U.S. in a non-permanent status.
Whereas previously persons entering the U.S. were issued a paper I-94 that reflected their date and category of admission and expiration date of stay, now under the automated process this is no longer the case. Instead, the inspecting officer merely stamps the date, class of admission and expiration date into the arriving individual’s passport without issuing a separate paper document. However, an I-94 document is automatically generated and stored online, and this can be viewed and printed later by the arriving individual. The I-94 document can be accessed at: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html
According to CBP, only a few classes of admitted individuals—asylees, refugees and parolees—will still be issued paper I-94s by the admitting officer.
Experience so far is showing that generally the new system is working smoothly. However, mistakes do sometimes occur, resulting either in the I-94 being unable to be located in the system when the individual tries to access those records, or there may be mistakes on the document itself. Since the immigration law contains very severe penalties for persons who overstay their period of authorized stay, it is very important that each arriving individual access and print out a copy of the I-94 after each entry to the U.S. If there is mistaken data on the form, or if the record cannot be located, the individual should follow the additional instructions given in the CBP website. Clients of FFA should contact our office to discuss the situation. Clients of FFA should also send us a copy of the new I-94 after each arrival in the U.S
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