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I have a question about US immigration. I had a US visa issued in Canada, and I looked at my online travel history and it shows around 3 arrivals but then around 8 departures in a row, which is really confusing! I used to live in Canada on a work permit and have only entered the US via the land border with a paper I-94. I returned it to the CBSA as told by the US immigration officers. However, when I looked online to see if my travel history is correct, it is rather jumbled up with only 3 arrivals and then 8 departures.

This was around 3 years ago, and now I am planning to enter the US from my home country (instead of Canada). I want to know two things:

First of all, will these entries affect me in my plans to enter the US via an airport instead of a land border this time?

Also, since I do not live in Canada anymore, will that be an issue with the CBP?

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    This seems to happen a lot with US-Canada road crossings. I've never heard of it being a problem. – Michael Hampton Jan 2 at 18:20
  • Okay I see. It is just that only my departures were recorded but not my arrivals. It's weird really. Also I am wondering that since this time I am entering via an airport, will they be aware of this issue? – Koko Jan 2 at 18:21
  • I also hope that since my visa was not issued in my home country (instead it was issued in Canada), it wouldn't be a problem for them. – Koko Jan 2 at 18:22
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    This is not a problem. It doesn't matter where your visa was issued, only that it is still valid, and not expired or revoked. – Michael Hampton Jan 2 at 18:24
  • I have 75 "Arrival" entries and only 3 "Departure" entries in the past 2.5 years, with no issues – Midavalo Jul 22 at 3:34
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What you're seeing is expected, and is due to the way the data is collected, and the difference in definition between an "arrival" and a "departure" as far as the CBP's Travel History site is concerned.

Departure - The US doesn't generally have any physical immigration on departure, so this data is collected from other sources. When leaving by air, this information comes from the airline. When leaving by land to Canada, the information is provided to the US by Canada after you pass through Canadian immigration. Thus every departure is recorded on this site.

Arrival - Despite using the term "Arrival" this site doesn't actually track arrivals, it tracks you being given an I-94 (or equivalent) when entering the US. For a new arrival, or most arrivals by air, you'll be given a new I-94, so the entry will be recorded.

However for short trips to Canada, it is possible to re-enter the US without having a new I-94 issued, using a process called Automatic Revalidation (there is a similar process for people from Visa Waiver Program countries that works basically the same). When you enter using Automatic Revalididation, your existing I-94 continues to be valid - you will not be given a new one, your "value until" status data won't change, and you will not have a new entry to the US recorded. In effect, it's as if you never left the US.

Thus you end up with the exact situation you have - the departure is recorded, but no new arrival shows up as no new I-94 was issued. This will cause no issues at all when re-entering the US at a later date - whether that subsequent entry is by land or air.

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    I needed a couple of seconds to realize that "this site" was not referring to Travel. Perhaps you could rephrase it. Also "it tracks you being given an I-94 (or equivalent) when entering the US" seems correct, but the answer would be better if you could point to something authoritative that backs it up. – phoog Jan 2 at 19:16
  • Are the bits with 'this site' quotes? If so, can you please edit them and add the source? – Willeke Jan 2 at 19:19
  • The site I was referring to is the same one the question asker was referring to, however I've clarified that – Doc Jan 2 at 19:30
  • This is slightly incorrect. I live in Canada and when traveling to the US I only get a new I-94 every 6 months, but the travel history website always shows my arrivals correctly. – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jan 2 at 19:57

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