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  • Writer's pictureClaudia Jasinsky

Navigating CBP's "Stampless Entry" Program

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol began a pilot program called "Stampless Entry" in August 2022, to eliminate ink passport stamps for certain visa holders and Permanent Residents. Recently, CBP has confirmed that the program is here to stay and will be expanded. We expect this program will create immigration challenges for many of our clients, as ink stamps are often used as proof of entry and proof of maintenance of status.

We recommend that all Lawful Permanent Residents request an ink stamp upon their entry to the U.S. after foreign travel. This can help alleviate the burden of producing a travel history if/when (s)he chooses to apply for U.S. Citizenship. Other foreign nationals should always download their current I-94 from the CBP website, and promptly take action to make any necessary corrections.

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