Electronic I-94s after April 26, 2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection published a rule published in the Federal Register doing away with paper I-94s starting April 26, 2013. Starting then, I-94 information will be captured electronically. Citing efficiency and streamlining the admissions process, CBP expects to save $15.5 million per year, while facilitating travel as well as security. Those going through secondary inspection will still be issued paper I-94s. Departmentos of Motor Vehicles and employment verification I-9 procedures still require paper I-94s. Those who will work or seek drivers licenses in the U.S. are directed to www.cbp.gov/I94* to print a copy of an I-94 based on the electronically submitted data. While efficiency and facilitation of travel are to be encouraged, measures should also be taken to reduce confusion for employers and temporary workers so work time is not lost due to bureaucratic issues.