Land travelers may apply online for provisional I-94 arrival record

28 OCT 16



International travelers entering the U.S. by land may now apply and pay online for their I-94 arrival record up to seven days before entry.

Key points:

  • Travelers may complete an I-94 form and pay the $6 application fee on the I-94 website.
  • A provisional I-94 arrival record will be issued. In order to complete the process, the traveler must appear at a land border within seven days of the application and be prepared to show evidence of their residence, employment and travel plans and give biometrics if required.
  • If the applicant fails to appear within seven days, the provisional I-94 will expire and the traveler must reapply and pay the fee again.

Background: The I-94 arrival record indicates that an international traveler has been lawfully admitted to the U.S. and is needed to verify alien registration, immigration status and employment authorization. Since 2013, the online I-94 process has been available to air and sea travelers. The recent announcement extends it to travelers entering by a land border.

BAL Analysis: The online I-94 application will make it more convenient and faster for nonimmigrant visa holders to provide their biographical information for purposes of obtaining an arrival record upon entry.

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