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Update From CBP on Discontinued I-20 Stamping at Port of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped stamping I-20 at port of entry.

My port was Atlanta and my I20 isn’t stamped. I confirmed it with the International Services office and they say it isn’t.a problem.

By Vignesh

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Students are facing problems at SSN, Drivers license office, since I-20 is not stamped and officers at SSN and DL office are not used to seeing I20 without stamp.

CBP have issued the following update regarding this situation for students.

As of Aug. 10, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) no longer provides admission stamps on Forms I-20/DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars (traveling with F, M, and J visas) seeking admission to the United States. This change makes CBP processes consistent with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) recent change to stop stamping Forms I-20/DS-2019.

USCIS implemented this change as part of the launch of its online immigration benefits system, USCIS Electronic Immigration System, as it transforms the agency from a paper-based system to an online environment. ( USCIS Electronic Immigration System )

Although placing an admission stamp on Forms I-20/DS-2019 has been a longstanding practice at CBP, it is not required. While the admission stamps on Forms I-20/DS-2019 are not indicators of lawful status or academic program duration, some state and federal benefit granting agencies have required international students and scholars to present stamped versions. State requirements vary.

If a state benefit granting agency rejects an unstamped Form I-20/DS-2019

  • applicants may make an appointment with USCIS online through InfoPass 
  • take their Form I-20/DS-2019 to their local USCIS office to be stamped
  • This transitional step will end on Nov. 21, 2012

International students and scholars who encounter issues with their state or federal benefit applications should continue to contact the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at (703) 603-3400 or [email protected].

Share this page to your friends who came for Fall 2012 semester. This change will directly impact several students.


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  1. As a i am working for an BPO in INDIA for 3 yrs with one of the leading bank in US. However i am looking for sponsorship who can sponsor me to work in US

  2. another way to waste time and resources instead of just issuing a single stamp that takes than a minute. wonder why this country immigration system is broken, just another reason.

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