On March 20, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP"), the agency that, among other things, handles admission at U.S. ports of entry, announced that it has automated the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, process and will no longer issue paper Forms I-94 to arriving air or sea travelers. The announcement was contained in an interim final rule that took effect on April 26, 2013. The actual implementation of this change, however, will be phased in at ports of entry across the country from April 30, 2013, through May 21, 2013.
According to the CBP, the change in procedure was necessary to streamline the admission process and save unnecessary expense. The CBP indicates that it already captures the information on the paper Form I-94 from the enhanced security measures implemented after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; thus, the agency does not need to capture the same information in the paper Form I-94 process. The CBP will create an electronic Form I-94 for every traveler arriving by air or sea and will place a CBP admission stamp into the traveler's passport or other travel document.
The CBP recognizes that FNs still need to display paper Form I-94s for many reasons, including during the Form I-9 process and with applications for state driver's licenses. For this reason, the CBP has created a website from which the interested FN can download his or her Form I-94 record. The website address is www.cbp.gov/I94.