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Immigration and Family Law in Maryland

Paperless I-94 and USCIS

One of the often vexing problems I face when preparing client’s green card applications is proving lawful entry.  That’s traditionally been done by supplying a copy of form I-94 – the little white card stapled into your passport when you’re admitted to the United States (I always keep the original and present it at the interview).  Those cards are perforated and prone to falling out and getting lost.  I can’t count how many times I’ve had to file for a replacement I-94 (using form I-102 for a fee, of course), all the while the green card application remains dormant, just waiting to be filed.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently implemented the new electronic, paperless I-94 system.  As wonderful and efficient as that may be, it leaves everyone applying for a green card without the traditional document used to establish lawful entry.  USCIS has announced how they will proceed now that CBP has implemented the new system.  See the guidance below for details.

I-94 Automation & USCIS

May 1st, 2013 Posted by | immigration law | no comments