Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) Goes Electronic
Effective April 30, 2013, CBP (Customs & Border Protection) will no longer issue a paper Form I-94 to international travelers who arrive in the United States by air or sea. CBP will continue to issue a paper Form I-94 to land travelers. Form I-94 is issued by the CBP (a division of the Department of Homeland Security [DHS]) to certain foreign nationals and is used to document the individual's immigration status, the approved length of stay, and departure.
With this new change, international travelers are no longer required to fill out a paper form when arriving in the U.S. or turn in the form when they depart the U.S. When a foreign national arrives in and applies for admission into the U.S., an electronic Form I-94 will be created during the inspection. A CBP admission stamp in the passport will serve as evidence of lawful admission into the United States. Following the inspection, a CBP officer will provide a tear sheet, which instructs the travelers how to access and print the From I-94 from the CBP website, if necessary. CBP will begin implementation of the Form I-94 automation process on April 30th at international airports in Charlotte, Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami, and plans to complete implementation by the end of May.