Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is informing foreign visitors coming to the U.S. who are required to prove their legal visitor status to plan ahead. Foreign visitors may need information in addition to Form I-94, the Arrival/Departure Record that they received from CBP, when proving their legal visitor status to employers, schools, universities and governmental organizations. Currently CBP is experiencing delays in processing foreign visitors’ travel information into their I-94 database.
CBP is currently looking into automating the I-94 form to allow for electronic management of arrival and departure data. This would streamline the arrival and inspection process for travelers. Because the I-94 has been a long-standing form of proof of status for foreign travelers, CBP will keep the public updated of any changes to the process. Please note, though, that the current delays in processing do not affect most foreign travelers visiting for business or leisure and do not affect any visitor’s record of departure.