If you are entering the United States by air or sea carrier you will no longer be required to complete the paper I-94 or I-94W. The office of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will gather your arrival/departure information automatically from your electronic travel records. Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 to those entering the United States by land.
Since April 30, 2013, visitors entering the United States by air or sea carrier no longer complete the paper I-94 or I-94W Arrival/Departure. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records by scanning their passport. This generates an electronic arrival record with data elements found on the current paper Form I-94. The passport is stamped with the admission date, the class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until.
During the month of July 2010 the I-94W completed by Visa Waiver Program travelers entering the United States by air or sea is being phased out. Please check with your carrier for further information. The I-94W is the arrival/departure record card handed to travelers by the carrier which is completed and presented to U.S. immigration at the Port of Entry.
I recently traveled to the United States under ESTA, but I had to fill out the old visa waiver form. Why?
Approval to travel under ESTA will eventually eliminate the requirement that the traveler complete the I-94W form. We suggest you check with your airline or shipping company as they are the ones who issue the I-94W to travelers. Read more