Starting April 30, 2013, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency has begun providing foreign national travelers to the United States with a passport stamp and making available an electronic record of admission instead of providing each foreign national with a paper I-94 as evidence of lawful admission. The paperless I-94 process is for foreign national travelers arriving by air and sea. While there is no legal requirement for foreign national to print out a paper form I-94 record, there are several good reasons to do so.
First, a traveler can check admission class and validity period to see that they match the CBP passport stamp and annotation. Second, having an I-94 paper printout can assist a foreign national in obtaining a state driver’s license as well as in obtaining a U.S. Social Security number. Finally, an employment authorized foreign national can furnish an I-94 printout to an employer in completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. Foreign nationals can go online to www.cbp.gov/i94 and print out their I-94 record.
Stewart Rabinowitz practices United States immigration and nationality law. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. is an immigration law firm representing businesses, families, and individuals.