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CBP Plans to Eliminate Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Record
for Arriving Foreign Nationals
Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has
announced that it will eliminate the I-94 form, the Arrival-Departure Record issued to foreign nationals admitted
to the United States in non-immigrant status.
“Conceptually, one less document issued, such as a Form I-94, is one less document to lose, and a
benefit to both the agency and to the foreign national nonimmigrant,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart
“But we have created a domino-like chain where a single document, such as Form I-94, has significance to state
motor vehicle bureaus, to universities receiving foreign students, to the Social Security Administration and to
employers, all of whom have diligently been trained to expect to see, and use this document for their own
purposes. Creating this reliance took time to institutionalize. It will take even longer for all interested agencies to
learn to work without it. And foreign nationals following the rules will suffer.”
The change was announced as an efficiency measure, since the elimination of the form would save time and
money. The agency already collects the information contained in the I-94 form in other ways. The information is
submitted at U.S. consulates when individuals apply for nonimmigrant visas, and CBP also receives the
information from the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).
In announcing the shift, CBP said that it had studied the budgetary impact of producing, distributing, gathering
and storing the forms, and had concluded that the use of the form costs approximately $19 million annually. This
is in addition to $17 million that is paid each year to a private contractor to enter departure data, when the forms
are collected at the end of the non-immigrant's stay in the U.S.
Previously, CBP planned to gradually eliminate the forms in a few airports starting this year, but current plans
call for eliminating the I-94 system-wide quickly. No date as to when this change will occur has been announced,
and as of August 29, 2012, CBP has yet to pilot the program.
To learn more, contact a Dallas immigration lawyer or Dallas immigration attorney
at Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C., call 1.972.233.6200 or visit http://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com.
Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.
14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 580
Dallas, Texas 75254
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