DHS will automate I-94 starting April 30, 2013

Date of Announcement: March 28, 2013

On April 30, 2013, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will begin automating the Form I-94 process at air and sea ports by eliminating the paper Form I-94.  

At this point, there is no action needed from foreign nationals except to be familiar with the information provided in this email and on our updated Travel website (http://global.upenn.edu/isss/travel).

We will offer information sessions regarding the new automated I-94 card process.  We will send another email announcement when the session information is available.  

Once implemented, foreign nationals will only receive an entry (or admission) stamp in their passports which will include their date of entry, class of admission, port of entry and their status expiration date.  

As background information, current Form I-94, which is a small, white card often stapled into the passport, serves as evidence of a lawful admission and “alien registration” for foreign nationals.  Form I-94 lists the person’s immigration category, the port of entry, the date of entry into the U.S., the expiration of their stay, and a unique 11-digit identifying number on top.  

Our Travel website will provide additional information and answers to the following questions:

•    What is the detailed CBP implementation plan and affected ports of entry?  
•    What are the benefits of the new automated process?
•    What are possible challenges?
•    Will an I-94 printout be acceptable for I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process?
•    Will this affect USCIS immigration benefits applications and petitions?
•    Any foreign nationals over 18 years old are required to carry proof of registration (showing their immigration status).  Will the automated I-94 serve that purpose?
•    Will CBP issue a paper I-94 card for the I-515A process?
•    Will this new process affect automatic visa revalidation?

Please visit our Travel website for up-to-date information and developments.  

Before leaving the U.S., we recommend you to read our Travel website carefully or meet with an ISSS advisor.