CBP Plans to Eliminate Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Record for Arriving Foreign Nationals

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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
                                   Rabinowitz.

                                   “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
                                   Phone: 972.233.6200




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Description: 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.