U.S. Customs: Provisional I-94 Program

U.S. Customs: Provisional I-94 Program

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is implementing a new Provisional I-94 program to make entering the borders more efficient. The I-94 is an Arrival and Departure record issued to foreign visitors entering the United States. The form includes biographical information as well as passport and visa details. Most importantly, it indicates the date by which the foreign visitor must exit the United States.

The Provisional I-94 program will allow visitors to process their I-94 up to 7 days in advance of their arrival. It will cost $6. The foreign visitor will receive the provisional I-94 after applying and paying the $6 fee. The I-94 becomes valid only after it is presented to a United States border officer. The I-94 will expire, and the fee will be deemed abandoned if the visitor does not present the I-94 to a border officer within seven days of issuance. (A foreign visitor will be required to reapply for a second provisional I-94 should this occur.)

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol hopes to increase border efficiency and reduce administrative duties for its border officers. Additionally, it hopes to reduce the number of typographical errors on its I-94, an error typically caused by the “human element” of all arrivals and departures.

Perhaps of utmost importance is the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s goal to establish create formal records of admissions to the United States. Each time a foreign visitor enters the United States, he or she must enter through a designated port. Each entry into the United States requires a foreign visitor to enter with a valid passport before being issued an I-94. The I-94 helps the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to both monitor overstays and to create a detailed record of a visitor’s arrivals and departures. Typographical errors can impact a visitor’s ability to later obtain immigration benefits or even to be deemed admissible to enter and/or remain in the United States. Additionally, border officers will still determine I-94 expiration dates following their determination of the visitor’s travel documents and visa classification.

Although a foreign visitor may enter the United States by any port– air, land, or sea–the Provisional I-94 program is only permitted for land entries.

Call 973-732-1490 today to schedule a free consultation.

Contact an attorney if you have questions about Provisional I-94, or if you have run into immigration issues or complications caused by an error with your provisional I-94. The knowledgeable immigration attorneys of Maduabum Law Firm, LLC can help. Call and schedule your free consultation today.

You may also like…

7 Personal Injury Claim Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

7 Personal Injury Claim Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

In 2020, approximately 190,783 car accidents occurred in New Jersey. Unfortunately, anyone who drives or rides in a car is at risk for a collision. A collision shakes up your life and can leave you with lifelong injuries. However, you have the legal right to request...

How to Choose a DUI Lawyer: Everything You Need to Know

How to Choose a DUI Lawyer: Everything You Need to Know

Charges for driving while impaired or under the influence can vary from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Consequences often involve a driver's license revocation, jail time, or even fines of $10,000 or more. If you're facing charges or you're reading this for...

What can you expect when taking the naturalization test?

If you are an immigrant living in New Jersey who has always wished to become a United States citizen, you can prepare for the naturalization test. Once you have your interview and pass, you can look forward to a whole new future. This is what to expect with the...