TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to introduce an enhancement to the I-94 website that allows travelers arriving at land borders to apply for their Form I-94 online. The enhancement allows travelers to provide their biographic and travel information, and pay the $6 application fee seven days prior to arrival.
In addition to Form I-94 being used to document the arrival and departure of non-citizens, the form serves as evidence of lawful admission, alien registration, immigration status and, for individuals approved to work, employment authorization.
Land travelers will receive a provisional I-94 upon submitting their application and payment online. Once they arrive at the Port of Entry, they will submit biometrics, if applicable, and be interviewed in-person by a CBP officer. The CBP officer will provide a paper Form I-94, I-94W or I-94A as appropriate.
Payment on the I-94 website can be made with a credit card, debit card, direct debit or through PayPal. The benefits of this process include increased efficiencies during processing, decreased paper usage, a streamlined CBP inspection process for the traveling public, and reduced operating costs.
CBP recognizes the importance of international travel to the U.S. economy. Facilitating legitimate travelers as quickly as possible, while maintaining the highest standards of security, is critical to our mission. Automating the I-94 also allows CBP officers to spend more time with the traveler to ensure the proper entry process.
In 2013, CBP automated Form I-94 in the air and sea environment. Automation allows CBP officers to create an I-94 Arrival Record within primary and secondary inspection processing systems at the time of inspection with passenger manifest information. This eliminates the need for paper forms and manual data entry. Automating the I-94 saved the U.S. Government an estimated $34.5 million in its first two years.