October 1, 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced an enhancement to the I-94 website on September 29, which allows travelers to apply and pay for their I-94 online prior to arriving at a land port of entry. Travelers can speed up their entry into the U.S. by providing their biographic and travel information, and paying the $6 fee for their I-94 application online up to seven days prior to their entry.
This automated functionality increases the efficiency of the entry process and resulted shorter waits for travelers. Travelers will now receive a provisional I-94 by submitting their application and payment of $6 online. However, travelers still need to show evidence of their residence, employment, and/or travel plans, if requested by the CBP officer. If the traveler does not complete their I-94 issuance process within seven days of their application, their provisional I-94 will expire and they will have to reapply and the pay the fee again.