Foreigners coming to the U.S.: Save time on your I-94
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recently announced a time-saving tool for foreigners wanting to come to the U.S. As stated in their press release, travelers may now apply and pay for their I-94 online prior to arriving at a land port-of-entry. This can be done up to SEVEN days prior to U.S. travel.
Commissioner R. Gil. Kerlikowske released this statement: “We continue our commitment to transforming the international arrivals experience with this new I-94 offering that expedites entry into the U.S. at land ports of entry, while maintaining the highest standard of security. This automated functionality increases the efficiency of the entry process and reduces administrative duties for CBP officers—ultimately resulting in shorter waits for travelers requiring an I-94.”
With this added benefit, travelers can now save the time that they would have spent at the port-of-entry into the United States providing their information to the CBP officer by obtaining a “provisional” I-94. To ensure that a traveler’s time is efficiently used, it remains important to have all documentation ready to demonstrate qualifications for admission into the United States. It is also important to note that the provisional I-94 expires seven days after its completion, and so if travel plans change, please ensure that the provisional I-94 remains valid.
For more information regarding the I-94 land automation or to access an electronic Form I-94, visit www.cbp.gov/I94. To apply for your I-94 online, visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov. For additional information regarding the qualifications to enter the United States, please contact one of our experienced attorneys at Guerra & Associates Law Group, P.C.