Wednesday, March 27, 2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today published an interim finale rule in the Federal Register establishing the automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Records.  The interim final rule, which will become effective on April 26, 2013, will help streamline the admissions process for nonimmigrants arriving to the United States by both land and sea.  Nonimmigrants will no longer need to fill out a paper Form I-94, due to the rule establishing an electronic version of the form, but individuals who go through secondary inspection, such as asylees, refugees, and parolees, will be provided a paper copy of their Form I-94.  Furthermore, the rule “adds a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant DHS admission or parole stamp in a foreign passport to the list of documents designated as evidence of alien registration.”  The interim final rule, which can be read in its entirety here, also clarifies the definition of an “original Form I-94” due to the implementation of an electronic version of the form.  As stated in the rule, “The term “original I-94” includes, but is not limited to, any printout or electronic transmission of information from DHS systems containing the electronic record of admission or arrival/departure.”  

For more information, please visit the USCIS website or contact us today at (949) 640-4949 or toll free at (866) 359-4949 to speak with a subject-matter expert.

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