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Recent Update to Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record Automation

To increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admission process of foreign nationals into the U.S., U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") began on April 26, 2013, automating CBP Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Form I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record issued to foreign nationals who are admitted to the U.S.

CBP(関税及び国境保安局-Customs and Border Protection)は、効率化、コスト軽減、入国手続きの簡素化などを目的に、2013年4月26日から、I-94書式を自動化(コンピューターでのデータ化)することになりました。

Foreign nationals entering the U.S. by air and sea will no longer receive the paper form upon arrival, except in limited circumstances. The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document. If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, they can obtain one from Since automation only affects air and sea arrivals, a paper Form I-94 will still be issued at the land border ports of entry. Also, CBP will continue to issue paper Form I-94s to refugees, certain asylees and parolees, and whenever CBP determines the issuance of a paper form is appropriate.


CBP will continue to create an I-94 record for all travelers who require one, but the paper form will be created in an electronic format and not provided to the traveler. CBP will provide each traveler with an admission stamp that shows the date of admission, class of admission and admitted-until date.


Travelers will not need to do anything differently when they depart the U.S. If they have a paper Form I-94, they should surrender it as usual. If they were not issued a paper Form I-94, the departure will be electronically recorded from the manifest information provided by the carrier or by CBP.


If a traveler was admitted incorrectly to the U.S., they should contact their BGD Immigration Attorney in order to obtain instructions on how to correct their admission record as soon as possible.


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    Kenji is a member of the Corporate Services Department. A Japanese native, Kenji has worked, researched and taught in the areas of International Maritime Law, International business law and arbitration law for 9 years. He is ...



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