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    Can anyone please advise me as to whether there is any way I can find out if a late return of my I94 will cause me re-entry problems on my next visit to the USA. I found myself still in possesion of my I94 on returning home, but I retuned it with a covering letter to the correct department within a week of my return home.Now I wish to re- visit friends but are worried I will not be allowed to re-enter.Is there a web site or number I can contact before I travel to check they recieved it? Does anyone else have any experience of late returns? Thank you for your help

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    Can anyone please advise me as to whether there is any way I can find out if a late return of my I94 will cause me re-entry problems on my next visit to the USA. I found myself still in possesion of my I94 on returning home, but I retuned it with a covering letter to the correct department within a week of my return home.Now I wish to re- visit friends but are worried I will not be allowed to re-enter.Is there a web site or number I can contact before I travel to check they recieved it? Does anyone else have any experience of late returns? Thank you for your help

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      Hi:
      I have a similar problem, I followed instructions posted at several US websites of US embassies (see below).
      Last time I went to USA I was sent to secondary, but I had a copy of what I had sent to BCIS, and was allowed to enter.
      I guess I will have to carry all those documents for a long period of time, and face secondary inspection for the forseable future. I will limit my trips to the USA to those considered "unavoidable".
      I guess the backlog in correcting records is as long as it is for all other BCIS jobs.

      Dear Traveler:

      If you returned home with your Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) departure record Form I-94 (white) or Form I-94W (green) in your passport, it means that your departure was not recorded properly. It is your responsibility to correct this record. You must provide the BCIS sufficient information so we can record your timely departure from the United States. This will close out your earlier record of arrival to this country. If you do not validate a timely departure from the United States, or if you cannot reasonably prove otherwise when you next apply for admission to the United States, the BCIS may conclude you remained in the United States beyond your authorized stay. If this happens, the next time you apply to enter the United States, your visa may be subject to cancellation or you may be returned immediately to your foreign point of origin. In particular, visitors who remain beyond their permitted stay in the United States under the Visa Waiver Program cannot reenter the United States in the future without obtaining a visa from a United States Consulate. If this occurs and you arrive at a United States port-of-entry seeking admission under the Visa Waiver Program without a visa, United States immigration officers may order your immediate return to a foreign point of origin. To validate departure, the BCIS will consider a variety of information, including, but not limited to:

      Original boarding passes you used to depart the United States
      Photocopies of entry or departure stamps in your passport indicating entry to another country after you departed the United States (you should copy all passport pages that are not completely blank, and include the biographical page containing your photograph.), and
      Photocopies of other supporting evidence, such as:
      Dated pay slips or vouchers from your employer to indicate you worked in another country after you departed the United States
      Dated bank records showing transactions to indicate you were in another country after you left the United States
      School records showing attendance at a school outside the United States to indicate you were in another country after you left the United States
      Dated credit card receipts, showing your name, but, the credit card number deleted, for purchases made after you left the United States to indicate you were in another country after leaving the United States
      Your statement will not be acceptable without supporting evidence such as noted above.

      You must mail legible copies or original materials where possible. If you send original materials, you should retain a copy. The INS cannot return original materials after processing. To help us understand the situation and correct your records quickly, please include an explanation letter in English. You must send your letter and enclosed information only to the following address:

      ACS - BCIS SBU
      P.O. Box 7125
      London, KY 40742-7125
      USA
      Do not mail your departure Form I-94 or supporting information to any United States Consulate or Embassy, to any other BCIS office in the United States, or to any address other than the one above. Only at this location are we able to make the necessary corrections to BCIS records to prevent inconvenience to you in the future.

      (Rev. IN02-39)

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