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I recently arrived in the US on a K1 Visa. When I went through immigration I wasn't given an I-94. I have been looking into Adjustmanet of Status and getting a Social Security number. I understand I will need a I-94 for both of these.

I came across this site in my research:

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html

Unfortunately, even though it's been a week since I arrived, my record is still not on there.

Does anyone know what I should do in my situation? Is it a case of waiting for the system to update or should I contact the immigration people for an I-94 directly? How can I do this?

If anyone with recent experience of this could help then I would be very grateful.

Thanks

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This is all very new so experience is limited. I am assuming you have entered your name exactly as on the passport? Maybe is the visa name anything different? Did you flip the dates to the UK way by mistake?

It is supposed to be instant and totally automated so no waiting for a human to enter data. I dunno.

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I am still not convinced that a K-1 visa is one that has been automated. The notices I see say "foreign visitors." I am eager for more information on that.

To the OP: You can call Customs and Border Patrol and ask them. Ask them if a K-1 visa's I-94 has been automated like others. Then if yes, ask why you aren't showing up. if no, then you can go to a deferred inspection site and get one.

We'd all be interested in what they say.

Check for their number at cbp.gov

Edited by Harpa Timsah

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I found this when I searched on I-94 form. It appears this is very new. Now I do not know if the SSA is up to speed on this new wrinkle that has been added. I would print out this page and take it to the SSA when you go for you SSC and a print out of the I-94 form information.

Good luck,

Dave

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I found this when I searched on I-94 form. It appears this is very new. Now I do not know if the SSA is up to speed on this new wrinkle that has been added. I would print out this page and take it to the SSA when you go for you SSC and a print out of the I-94 form information.

Good luck,

Dave

Dave,

Good stuff with that link...because this change with electronic I-94 was new to me...

I arrive here in the US on a K1 visa in November 2013 and I have to make sure I keep the copy of my I-94 very safe, so I think electronic must be the way forward...

Have a great day

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Thanks for the input guys.

I entered the States at Newark Airport. I gave the CBP there a call today but they couldn't really help me very much. From the sounds of it, the officer knew of delays in accessing I-94 records. She told me just to keep checking it as it could take a couple of weeks for the info to be available on there. I'm guessing there are problems with the change over from paper forms to automated and I'm just unlucky to caught in the middle of it all.

As I entered on the 23rd May, I will give the website a week or more to update before I look into going to a POE to get a print out myself.

I will let you know how I get on.

As this is a very recent change, if anyone else could comment on their experiences it could be helpful. I can't be the first one to have this problem!

Edited by Crumpet

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So did CBP confirm that K-1 is also automated for I-94 now?

I thought they might still get the old one.. a K-1 needs that I-94 for SSN etc.

I am pretty sure all I-94 is automated, k1 included, except for land border crossings. The print out is for any reason it would be needed, including Social Security, AOS, etc. The paper version is the new i-94 unless you drove across from Canada or Mexico.

The info would be obtained from their passport scan. Exit info is collected from airline passenger manifests, instead of turning in a card upon exit.

Edited by Nich-Nick

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The weak link in the new CBP "paperless" I-94 system is the same weak as in the old CBP I-94 paper-stapled-to-your passport system. The CBP still has to input the I-94 data into their SAVE database. SAVE database verification is relied upon by numerous government agencies, federal and state. The other government agencies will continue to report that your information can not be verified electronically. Most, if not all, of these agencies do not accept the useless old CBP remedy of, "present the passport, and (now) with the I-94 printout." These agencies want electronic verification from the SAVE database.

It sounds like CBP has kept the same slovenly government contractor inputting the I-94 data in the the SAVE database. My wife got hung up for six weeks last year, until the government contractors got off of their dead a@@, and input the information into the SAVE database. Only then was she able to get a Social Security card issued.

YMMV.

Good luck. good.gif

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The weak link in the new CBP "paperless" I-94 system is the same weak as in the old CBP I-94 paper-stapled-to-your passport system. The CBP still has to input the I-94 data into their SAVE database. SAVE database verification is relied upon by numerous government agencies, federal and state. The other government agencies will continue to report that your information can not be verified electronically. Most, if not all, of these agencies do not accept the useless old CBP remedy of, "present the passport, and (now) with the I-94 printout." These agencies want electronic verification from the SAVE database.

It sounds like CBP has kept the same slovenly government contractor inputting the I-94 data in the the SAVE database.

The final rule in the Federal Register seems to indicate that the manual entry will be eliminated with the automation. From that--

Therefore, there is no longer any need to continue entering the data from the paper Form I94 for air and sea travelers into CBP systems. CBP spends approximately $17.8 million per year on contract support for this task. CBP will still need to spend approximately $2.4 million to enter data from the paper Forms I94 collected at the land border and the few that will continue to be collected at airports and seaports. We therefore estimate that this rule would save CBP $15.4 million a year in contract costs.

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The final rule in the Federal Register seems to indicate that the manual entry will be eliminated with the automation. From that--

That sounds like great news for future folks on their visa journeys, when fully implemented. I know from personal experience that the previous system was a POS.

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At the Airport they didn't staple it to your passport?

so they never gave you a paper with the websites that you will need to go too and steps on what to do next?

I was given these at the airport before I flew out.

On this paper "INFORMATION ABOUT K-1 VISAS:FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS"

It lists all the next steps that need to be taken

Here are the websites it told me to go too

http://uscis.gov/graphics/howdoi/LPRApplication.htm

http://uscis.gov/graphics/howdoi/ead.htm

hope these help

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