CBP Announces Change to Form I-94 Numbering Structure

05/03 – Article corrected by CBP.

The identifying number issued with Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, will soon look a little different. Beginning in May 2019, the 11-digit identifier will end in two letters contain a letter. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says the change offers a long-term solution for creating new numbers.

A Form I-94 number consists of 11 numbers. The new number will still have 11 digits but the last two digits the tenth character will be a letter instead of numbers. CBP says the change is necessary because the current numbering system will soon deplete all of its possible number combinations. Each Form I-94 identifier is a unique, one-time-use-only number.

All other parts of the Form I-94 will stay the same. Contact us if you have questions about completing Form I-9 when the employee presents Form I-94.