For decades travellers have had to fill out of these form before landing in the US. Originally only in the white version, when a deal was on the Visa Waiver scheme, a green came along for national from ‘friendly countries’. It seems however, that even the white is set to be retired at the end of April. (The Green I-94W died when the ESTA scheme was introduced for pre-approval of travel).
In the press release issued today (here), CBP say:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the publication of an Interim
Final Rule in the Federal Register that will automate Form I-94
Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the admissions process for individuals
lawfully visiting the United States. Form I-94 provides international visitors
evidence they have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. which is necessary to
verify alien registration, immigration status, and employment authorization.
The automation means that affected visitors will no longer need to
fill out a paper form when arriving to the U.S. by air or sea, improving
procedures and reducing costs. The change will become effective on April 26 and
will be implemented at air and sea ports of entry in a phased approach beginning
I am sure it will delight travellers of all nations, and might actually speed things up for passengers who often seemed unable to fill in the form properly.