As an immigrant applicant to the US, you will be required to provide evidence of your entry into the United States to file for adjustment of status. Proof of entry supports the fact that you underwent inspection and were admitted or were paroled upon your last entry into the US. It states that you entered the US legally.
What Are the Ways to Enter the United States?
There are 3 types of entry into the US: by inspection, admission and parole. Inspection is the process by which foreign nationals present themselves physically to an immigration officer at a US port of entry to determine whether they are eligible to enter the US. One of the following scenarios are possible in this process:
- You are admitted to the US, meaning that you were authorized to enter
- You are paroled into the US, meaning that you are temporarily admitted but not yet fully admitted to the US
- You are denied entry to the US
- Your admission is deferred to the US
What Are the Different Types Of Proof Of Entry to the US?
Evidence of Admission/Parole With a Form I-94:
The Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record documents your admission or parole. You can file a Form I-102, to request a Form I-94. If you have to replace your Form I-94 for any reason including lost, stolen or destroyed, then you can file Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These forms are usually processed within 5 to 17.5 months.
If you entered the US after April 20, 2013, by an airport, then you may have been issued an electronic I-94 form by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).