Do I really need to bother printing out the I-94?

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Yes. It is not legally required, but our firm strongly recommends that all travelers print out the I-94 card upon each admission to the U.S. As noted above, it is still needed for a variety of other benefits. In addition, if a person is stopped within the U.S., whether at a CBP checkpoint or during a traffic stop, having the I-94 in your possession will make it easier for the officer to determine that you are in a lawful status. Remember that the law does require that non-U.S. citizens carry proof of their status with them at all times.

In addition, printing the I-94 card allows you to confirm that the information in the electronic database is accurate. If it is not accurate, please contact our firm right away so that we can assist you with having your status corrected through CBP Deferred Inspections. Note that the government’s position is that it is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure the admission data is correct, even though the error appears on a document based on information entered by CBP.

Finally, by printing out and keeping copies of I-94 cards, you will be in a better position to prove that you have always maintained status and never overstayed a period of admission to the U.S. You may need to document this information during the green card process or for other immigration filings.

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