U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that the agency is experiencing delays in processing foreign nationals’ travel information in the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record database. CBP said this does not affect the majority of foreign travelers visiting for business or leisure and will not affect any visitor’s record of departure. However, this may affect the ability of foreign nationals to obtain certain benefits, such as social security numbers and drivers licenses, as many federal and state agencies verify Form I-94 information prior to issuing benefits to foreign nationals.
CBP is exploring how best to automate the I-94 process in order to allow for the electronic collection of arrival/departure information and streamline the arrival and inspection process for nonimmigrants. CBP is coordinating with other agency stakeholders and is considering rulemaking.
The announcement is available here.