When a visitor departs the United States, the transportation carrier representative, usually at the check-in counter, should remove the I-94 or I-94W from the passport. Sometimes due to an oversight the card is not removed. If this occurs, the passenger's departure from the United States will not be registered with the CBP.
If this happens, the next time you apply to enter the United States, your visa may be subject to cancellation and/or you may be denied entry into the United States. In particular, visitors who remain beyond their permitted stay in the United States under the Visa Waiver Program cannot reenter the U.S. in the future without obtaining a visa. If this occurs and you arrive at a U.S. port of entry seeking admission under the Visa Waiver Program without a visa, United States immigration officials may deny you entry into the U.S. Therefore, visitors must ensure that they surrender the I-94 or I-94W stub to the transport carrier before they depart the United States.
I still have the I-94 or I-94W in my possession; what should I do?
If you have left the United States and are still in possession of the I-94 or I-94W it is in your best interest to forward it to the appropriate authorities so that your record is corrected and that you do not experience any problems on future travel to the United States as a result.
It is very important that you complete the back of the card listing the port of departure and date of departure from the United States and the carrier/flight information. The I-94 or I-94W together with a letter of explanation and evidence of your departure from the U.S. should be sent to:
ACS - USCIS, SBU, P.O Box 7125
London KY 40742-7125
Do not mail the I-94/I-94W to the Embassy. Doing so will only delay the update of the departure information. The CBP office in London cannot update the arrival and departure system.
What evidence of my departure from the United States do you require?
The evidence can come from a variety of sources, including but not limited to:
Original boarding passes you used to depart the United States;
Entry or departure stamps in your passport to indicate you entered another country after you departed the United States (please copy all passport pages that are not completely blank and include the biographic page containing your photograph);
Dated pay slips or vouchers from your employer to indicate that you worked in another country after you departed the United States;
Dated bank records showing transactions in your home country to indicate that you were in another country after your left the United States;
School records showing your attendance at a school outside the United States to indicate you were in another country after you left the United States;
Dated credit card receipts with the credit card number deleted for purchases you made after you departed the United States to indicate you were in another country after you left the United States.
Plase send legible copies or the original material where possible. If you send original materials please retain a copy for your records; the originals will not be returned to you. It will assist the CBP if you include an explanation letter.
|Quoting Highpeaklad (Thread starter):|
When you travel to the US on the visa waiver scheme the immigration officer puts part of the green form in your passport. This is removed at check in on your return journey to record that you've left the country. When I went from the US to Mexico in Tijuana nobody checked my passport so I still had the departure record on me. What would've happened if I flew home from Mexico, how would the US authorities know I had left the country ? What would they say next time I flew to USA with no record of me ever having left?
|Quoting Rojo (Reply 5):|
If you were to fly from MEX to your country and cross the border by land, the US authorities will know that you left the country when you hand your I94 / I94W to the US Homeland Security officer in the border. It is your responsibility to do it and it only takes a couple of minutes while crossing the bridge. When us, Mexicans, go shopping to San Antonio by car (for example), we have to fill the I94 form when crossing the bridge and on the way back we have to make shure we return the form.
|Quoting B747-437B (Reply 7):|
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the passenger to surrender the I-94 or I-94W to a border official on final departure from contiguous territory.
US customs stamp that with a backdated date that shows your original arrival date into the USA via air/ship etc.