CBP Implements Paperless I-94

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U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) will soon begin to implement electronic I-94 cards, doing away with the white cards given to foreign visitors entering the U.S. via air and sea.  CBP will continue to issue paper forms to foreign visitors entering via land borders.  Implementation of this electronic system began May 1 and is expected to continue through May 24.  Travelers will not need to adjust their entry in any way; the transition will be conducted entirely by CBP.

How will this affect foreign nationals sending applications to USCIS? The I-94 card was previously used to prove lawful status for foreign visitors when applying to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  Without these white cards, USCIS has issued guidance that foreign visitors can access their electronic I-94 cards via www.cbp.gov/I94.  This website will allow foreign nationals to print out their Form I-94 to include on any applications to USCIS to prove lawful entry and status.  In addition to a print out of the electronic I-94, USCIS will also accept photocopies of the foreign national’s passport pages that contain the individual’s biographical information, visa and admission stamp.

Further information about this change can be found at www.cbp.gov/I-94.