I have my ESTA authorisation, do I need to fill out the I-94 W form?
The answer is NO. The famous I-94 W form was previously required for ESTA authorisation holders. However, since the summer of 2010, US Customs and Border Protection as well as Immigration Services in the USA have lifted this obligation.
The reason for this is simple: when you make the ESTA request online, the questions included on the green I-94 W form are already answered on the ESTA form:
So, if your answers to these questions are negative, the American authorities can be assured that you do not represent any threat to the country. There is no need to answer them for a second time, which is why the I-94 W form is no longer required.
IMPORTANT: If before the summer of 2010 you visited the USA with a visa or ESTA authorisation, and if the I-94 (white) or the I-94 W (green) has not been removed from your passport, it is IMPERATIVE that you let the relevant authorities know to avoid any problems.
Attach the ‘forgotten’ form to an explanation letter, including the reasons for your travel to the USA, and send it to the following address:
1084 South Laurel Road,
London, Kentucky 40744
Returning the I-94 or I-94 W form when leaving the USA is an obligatory step that allows the authorities to confirm that you have left US territory and that you are not staying illegally.
Make sure you complete this step to avoid any problems when you return to the USA with a new ESTA authorisation.
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