End of Paper I-94 / New I-94 Automation Guidelines

Dear International Students, Scholars, and Employees:

We would like to inform you about the new I-94 Automation process.  The I-94 Form is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to travelers who are admitted to the U.S., adjusting status while in the U.S., or extending their stay.  A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer generally attaches the I-94 to the non-immigrant visitor’s passport upon entry to the U.S.  CBP has announced they will replace the paper I-94 with an electronic admissions and departure record. 

Beginning today, April 30, 2013, the following six airports will implement this change: Chicago O’ Hare, Charlotte Douglas, Orlando International, Las Vegas, Miami International, and Houston Bush Intercontinental.  This transition will continue at other airports and seaports over a total of four weeks and be completed by May 21, 2013.

Important Guidelines:

End of Paper I-94

  • Travelers arriving by air or sea will no longer receive a paper I-94. Travelers will still receive an admission stamp in their passport noting the ‘date of admission’, the ‘status admitted in’, and the ‘admitted until’ date.  Please note that travelers crossing at land border ports of entry will continue to receive a paper I-94.

Creation of Electronic I-94 Record

  • Travelers will be able to access an electronic version of the I-94 record by visiting the I-94 Look up website. This record can be printed when applying for immigration or public benefits, such as a driver’s license or Social Security Number.

Check-In at OIA

  • OIA will begin using the admission stamp in the passport in lieu of the paper I-94 to verify admitted status.  For other immigration applications, such as Change of Status and Employment Authorization, you may be asked to print a copy of the electronic I-94 record.

Departure from the U.S.

  • Travelers currently in possession of a paper I-94 should surrender it to the commercial carrier or CBP upon departure.
  • For travelers with an electronic I-94 record, CBP will document the departure using information obtained from the commercial carrier. 

Please note that this change will have no impact on your ability to enter the United States or apply for immigration or public benefits. Please review this Fact Sheet for additional information about I-94 Automation.

If you have any questions related to this new process, please contact your International Adviser at OIA. 


The Office of International Affairs