You need the I-94 Arrival/Departure card as proof of being inspected or you might not get your 485 approved. File for a replacement I-94 (Form I-102). If your interview comes before an answer, take a copy of your Form I-102 application with you to show the officer and at the interview, also point out the stamp and explain that you were inspected and admitted, and hope for the best. Hire a lawyer to go with you.
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It is best for file form I-102 to obtain a replacement.
J Charles Ferrari
Eng & Nishimura
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While it is best to file an I-102 to seek a replacement, USCIS does have the ability to look it up on demand and some offices will do so. However, the service center will typically not allow the case to proceed until the I-94 is issued. This will be even more confusing soon, as there are plans in place to transition away from the paper I-94 to an electronic I-94.
Alternatively, if you can provide enough evidence of entry, the I-94 can sometimes be waived. But as the others said, it is best to file the I-102. USCIS does prefer that you file it before filing the I-485, but sometimes you can file them simultaneously.
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