Automated Arrival/Departure Record Coming Soon

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On March 27, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published its interim final rule (Effective April 26, 2013) to automate Arrival/Departure Record (“Form I-94”).   Form I-94 provides nonimmigrant visitors to the U.S. evidence that they have been lawfully admitted to the country.   Nonimmigrants traveling to the U.S. by air or sea will no longer need to fill out a paper Form I-94. However, individuals who go through secondary inspection, such as asylees, refugees, and parolees, will be provided a paper copy of Form I-94 by a CBP officer.

USCIS and other government agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, will continue to require applicants to submit a paper copy of Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits.   In addition, nonimmigrants who are authorized to work may present a paper copy of Form I-94 to their employers during the employment eligibility verification process.