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No more I-94 “cards” – the age of the electronic I-94 record

Posted in Employment Verification Compliance (including I-9s, E-Verify, and Enforcement), General Immigration News and Updates, H-1B Temporary Workers, Intrcompany Transferees (L-1 and Permanent Residence), Non-Immigrant Visas (other than Es, Ls and H-1B)

As a reminder to our post of May 7, 2013, please remember that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) rolled-out its new automated Form I-94 process in April 30, which means that non-immigrant international travelers no longer receive a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record when they arrive in the U.S. Instead, the CBP gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records upon their arrival to create an electronic I-94 record (aka a “paperless I-94″).

If you have received an electronic I-94 card upon your arrival into the U.S., you must access your electronic I-94 cards by visiting www.cbp.gov/I94 to retrieve a paper printout of your I-94 card.  This is the only mechanism by which you can retrieve your I-94 record, if you were not issued a white or green I-94 card in your passport upon arrival into the U.S.

We advise that all foreign nationals immediately access their information online and print it for their records. Always review your I-94/admission information to verify its accuracy since this ‘document’ controls your period of authorized stay in the U.S. You will also need this printed document if you need to prove your status in the U.S., file any immigration related applications or to complete a Form I-9.

You may access CPB’s fact sheet on the electronic I-94 card here