New CBP Online I-94 Application/Payment System Not for TN Visas

USCBP has launched a new online system that would allow individuals to submit their biographic and travel information, and pay the $6 I-94 fee online in advance of their travel.

I do not believe this would be of much benefit to TN visa applicants – particularly Canadian citizens – because (1) the new process appears to be geared toward B1/B2 visa visitors (and perhaps F-1 and J-1 visa holders), and not for individuals seeking work authorization at the border (e.g. TN, L-1 visas); (2) CBP will need to conduct more extensive questioning at the border to determine TN visa eligibility; and (3) TN applicants (Canadian citizens) will still need to pay the TN visa status application filing fee ($50) at the border.