On April 30, 2013, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency will begin eliminating the paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record that is completed by foreign travelers at the time they are being processed for entry into the United States. Instead, foreign travelers will only receive an entry stamp in their passports, which will include their date of entry, class of admission, port of entry and their status expiration date. The CBP has already eliminated the paper Form I-94 for foreign travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

Foreign travelers who need a record of their entry to submit to other government agencies when applying for a benefit or service, such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Social Security Administration, and various State Departments of Motor Vehicles, etc., will be able to go to www.cbp.gov/I94 and, by entering their biographical information, date of entry and class of admission, will be able to print a paper Form I-94, which will include an eleven digit record number. This paper Form I-94 can then be submitted to apply for their respective benefit. The USCIS will continue to issue paper Forms I-94 on extension of status and change of status petitions and applications.

CBP will begin eliminating the paper Forms I-94 on April 30, 2013 in four phases. The first week, the Forms I-94 will be eliminated at the following international airports: Charlotte, Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago O’Hare. The second week will continue at major air and sea ports in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Chicago, New Orleans and Houston. The third week will continue at major air and sea ports at pre-clearance, San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, El Paso, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego and Laredo. As of May 4, 2013, CBP will institute these procedures at all remaining air and sea ports.

Our firm expects that it will take a significant period of time for CBP and all government agencies to completely transition to the elimination of the paper Form I-94.