U.S. Customs and Border Protection Revises I-94 Processes

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Revises I-94 Processes

Shaoul Aslan, Partner
Sam Mudrick, Associate

Foreign nationals entering the United States through an air or sea port will most likely not be issued an I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, the small card normally stapled into the passports of foreign nationals. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) announced that, effective May 31, I-94 cards would no longer be issued at air and sea ports of entry.

Instead, passports will be stamped with the date of arrival and the date that an individual’s approved status in the United States will expire. I-94s will now only be available electronically by visiting the CBP website, available here, and entering personal data and entry information on the foreign national. Foreign nationals will be then able to print a copy of the electronic I-94. The following information on the individual must be entered to obtain the I-94:

  • Family and First names
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Country of Issuance
  • Date of Entry
  • Class of Admission

A printed copy of the electronic I-94 will still be required for various reasons, such as completing the employee’s Form I-9, or applying for a change to immigration status, so a copy of an individual’s I-94 should be printed and retained upon entering the United States.

Further, a printed copy of the I-94 ensures that the date of status expiration matches the date stamped in the passport. Inconsistent dates should immediately be brought to the attention of an individual’s immigration attorney to determine whether it is necessary to contact CBP to correct the error. Failure to do so could result in overstays and future immigration problems.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Revises I-94 Processes

Shaoul Aslan, Partner
Sam Mudrick, Associate

Foreign nationals entering the United States through an air or sea port will most likely not be issued an I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, the small card normally stapled into the passports of foreign nationals. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) announced that, effective May 31, I-94 cards would no longer be issued at air and sea ports of entry.

Instead, passports will be stamped with the date of arrival and the date that an individual’s approved status in the United States will expire. I-94s will now only be available electronically by visiting the CBP website, available here, and entering personal data and entry information on the foreign national. Foreign nationals will be then able to print a copy of the electronic I-94. The following information on the individual must be entered to obtain the I-94:

  • Family and First names
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Country of Issuance
  • Date of Entry
  • Class of Admission

A printed copy of the electronic I-94 will still be required for various reasons, such as completing the employee’s Form I-9, or applying for a change to immigration status, so a copy of an individual’s I-94 should be printed and retained upon entering the United States.

Further, a printed copy of the I-94 ensures that the date of status expiration matches the date stamped in the passport. Inconsistent dates should immediately be brought to the attention of an individual’s immigration attorney to determine whether it is necessary to contact CBP to correct the error. Failure to do so could result in overstays and future immigration problems.

- See more at: http://www.pattonboggs.com/viewpoint/employment-law-insight-june-2013#sthash.skMlgUlq.dpuf

Foreign nationals entering the United States through an air or sea port will most likely not be issued an I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, the small card normally stapled into the passports of foreign nationals. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) announced that, effective May 31, I-94 cards would no longer be issued at air and sea ports of entry.

Instead, passports will be stamped with the date of arrival and the date that an individual’s approved status in the United States will expire. I-94s will now only be available electronically by visiting the CBP website, available here,  and entering personal data and entry information on the foreign national. Foreign nationals will be then able to print a copy of the electronic I-94. The following information on the individual must be entered to obtain the I-94:

  • Family and First names
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Country of Issuance
  • Date of Entry
  • Class of Admission

A printed copy of the electronic I-94 will still be required for various reasons, such as completing the employee’s Form I-9, or applying for a change to immigration status, so a copy of an individual’s I-94 should be printed and retained upon entering the United States.

Further, a printed copy of the I-94 ensures that the date of status expiration matches the date stamped in the passport. Inconsistent dates should immediately be brought to the attention of an individual’s immigration attorney to determine whether it is necessary to contact CBP to correct the error. Failure to do so could result in overstays and future immigration problems.

 

Topics:  Customs and Border Protection, Foreign Nationals, I-94 Cards, Passports

Published In: Immigration Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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