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  • News: CBP Acknowledges Backlog In Form I-94 Data Entry

    Travel Update: Form I-94 Information for Foreign Visitors

    (09/17/2012)
    Foreign visitors to the U.S. who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies--during their first two months in the U.S. may need information in addition to the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record that they received from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    CBP is experiencing a delay in processing foreign visitors’ travel information into the I-94 database. This does not affect the majority of foreign travelers visiting for business or leisure and will not affect any visitor’s record of departure.

    To prove legal-visitor status within the first 30-60 days of a U.S. stay to obtain services from:Bring the following evidence of legal status
    Employers
    • Unexpired foreign passport, showing country of citizenship; and

    • CBP Arrival/Departure Record, Form I-94 (if issued).

    Motor vehicle registration of drivers' licensing agencies
    The Social Security Administration
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Universities and schools

    Currently, CBP is exploring automating the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to allow for the collection of arrival/departure information electronically, which would streamline the arrival and inspection process for travelers. CBP is coordinating with other agency stakeholders and considering rulemaking.

    CBP has successfully automated other paper forms familiar to the traveling public. For example, by automating the Form I-94W—the Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record— CBP has saved costs and reduced affected travelers’ average wait time.

    CBP recognizes that using the Form I-94 has been a long-established and well-known practice for foreign visitors. As such, the agency is committed to providing updates regarding the Form I-94 process and any changes that may be implemented by CBP.

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