CBP Begins Elimination Of Entry Stamps To Travelers Upon Arrival – General Immigration


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In a continued effort to streamline the entry process for
travelers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun to
eliminate the issuance of entry stamps in the passports of foreign
nationals upon arrival in the United States at certain airports.
CBP will be rolling out this program to additional airports over
time.

As CBP has already previously eliminated paper I-94 forms
(record of admission), it is now even more critical that all
foreign nationals promptly access their electronic I-94
each time they enter the United States to confirm
that they have been admitted in the correct immigration status with
the correct expiration date. Travelers should obtain a printout of
their electronic I-94 via the CBP One” mobile app or the CBP
I-94 website at the following link:
This may be their only proof of lawful
admission.

As a reminder, foreign nationals must never stay in the
United States beyond the “admit until” date listed on
their current I-94. The I-94 — not the I-797 approval
notice nor the visa — governs a person’s status and
expiration date in the United States.
Accordingly, it
is critical that they always download their I-94 upon each entry to
the United States and review it. A record of admission printed
from the CBP website constitutes a lawful record of admission
.
Government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration
(SSA) and Motor Vehicles, require a copy of the CBP website
printout showing the immigration status and expiration date. We
understand that some SSA offices have not been made aware of the
elimination of the admission stamp at certain airports. The Form
I-94 may also be used for presentation to an employer to complete
the employment eligibility verification form (Form I-9).

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