New Process for the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is automating the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, to streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the U.S. CBP has now issued an interim final rule, effective April 26, 2013, that amends the definition of Form I-94 to reflect the collection of arrival/departure and admission or parole information by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in either paper or electronic format. It also adds a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant DHS admission or parole stamp in a foreign passport to the list of documents designated as evidence of alien registration.

These revisions to the regulations will enable DHS to transition to an automated process by creating a Form I-94 in an electronic format based on passenger, passport, and visa information that DHS currently obtains electronically from air and sea carriers and the Department of State as well as through the inspection process.

The rule was published on Mar. 27, 2013 and would go into effect on April 26, 2013.

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