Saturday, September 15, 2012

CBP Travel Update: I-94 Data Entry Notice

  • CBP (Customs and Border Protection) is in the process of automating traveler arrival records to streamline passenger processing. The current processing time for entering foreign visitors’ travel information into the I-94 database is 30 days or more. This does not affect the majority of foreign travelers visiting for business or leisure and will not affect any visitor’s record of departure.
  • Visitors may need to prove their legal-visitor status within the first 30-45 days of their U.S. stay to:
    • Employers;
    • Motor vehicle registration or drivers’ licensing agencies;
    • The Social Security Administration;
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; or
    • Universities and schools.
  • If during this timeframe, visitors need to provide evidence of legal status they should include the following:
    • Unexpired foreign passport; and
    • Country of Citizenship
    • CBP Arrival/Departure Record, Form I-94 (if issued)
  • This announcement is related to earlier report that the CBP is creating its own code numbers (other than I-94) at the port of entry, which will serve as the legal sources to verify the sources of verification of legal status rather than I-94.


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