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DEPARTURE AND ARRIVALS RECORDS (I-94)

If you go home without giving your Arrival-Departure record to an Immigration Officer, you could be regarded as having overstayed in the U.S. You must be able to manifest that you have left the U.S. in a timely manner; otherwise you may be barred from returning. For example, if you return to the U.S. on a visa waiver, an immigration officer could refuse to admit you. Unless you have proof of timely departure, the officer could presume you overstayed. If you didn’t turn in the I-94 when you last left, it is prudent to correct the record. This may be done by belatedly validating your departure with such proof as a copy of the original boarding pass; a copy of an entry stamp in a foreign country in your passport, or copies of other supporting documentation. A letter of explanation with the documentation should be sent to the Immigration Service and you should keep a copy for an Immigration Officer when you return to the U.S. You may also be excused for an unavoidable overstay such as for a medical emergency or a delay in departure beyond your control. If you go to contiguous territories as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, retain your I-94 form to return to the U.S. and only surrender it when you leave at the end of your trip ,If you need help or advise, call us at 212-944-9420.
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