The United States Customs and Border Protection Service has announced that it will be automating the process of the I-94 form, which is the record of Arrival/Departure for people who enter the United States, people who adjust their status in the United States or people who are extending their stay as well as other situations.
In general, a Customs and Border Protection Officer will attach the I-94 to the person’s passport when they enter the country, and they need to leave the country before the date on the I-94.
However, the process will now be automated and the traveler will get a stamp as their record of admission instead. This is expected to streamline the process and reduce costs, while also making the process faster.
The most significant change for travelers who are obtaining an I-94 is that they will now have an electronic record of their entry to the United States that is not given to them like the paper version. However, applicants can request a paper copy of it if they need to.
The stamp on the passport will have the date of admission and the date of mandatory departure for the traveler. If you need to re-validate your visa and have a paper version, you may need to present the paper version so do not lose it!
If you have any questions about this change in United States immigration procedure, give us a call.
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