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What is Form I-94?

The form I-94 is termed as the “collection of arrival/departure and admission or parole information by DHS, whether in paper or electronic format, which is made available to the person about whom the information has been collected, as may be prescribed by Department of Homeland Security.” (Federal Registrar 1.4 Definition of Form I-94)

Important Update 04/10/2013

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer require international non-immigrant visitors to fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record upon arrival to the U.S. by air or sea. The agency will gather information automatically from their electronic travel records. CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry. This change will be phased in through April and May. For additional information about this change and the implementation schedule please refer to CBP’s website HERE.

With the new process, a CBP officer will stamp the travel document (ex: passport) of the non-immigrant traveler. This stamp will reflect the date of admissions, class of admissions, date the traveler is admitted until. They will also receive a flier that contains information on how to receive their admission record information at CBP.gov/I94. Please be aware this website will not be available until the end of April 2013.

Non-Immigrants needing to provide a paper I-94 card for purposes for applying for a Driver Licenses, Social Security Number, employment, etc. will be able to go to CBP.gov/I94 to receive this information.

For additional information and Frequently Asked Questions please visit CBP’s website at HERE.

Traveling by Air or by Sea

Upon entering the U.S., at the port of entry, Customs and Border Protection will collect your admission information and enter this into their database. Instead of receiving the Form I-94 card, this information will be inputted electronically and your travel documents (ex: Passport) will be stamped with your admission information.

In your travel document, the U.S. immigration inspector records either a date or "D/S" (duration of status). In most cases, a specific date will be indicated on the Form I-94 (in the lower right-hand corner). If your I-94 contains a specific date, this is the date by which you must leave the United States.

If you enter with a J-1 or F-1 visa, then your admission information should state the visa type and "D/S" (Duration of Status). If you do not have "D/S" listed with your admission information, we recommend that you have this corrected at the port of entry. If you realize this after you leave the port of entry, then you should speak to an ISS advisor immediately after your arrival to the United States.

Be aware that there is a difference between the duration of stay permitted in the U.S. and validity of a visa. Your visa may be valid for several years, and yet your authorized period of stay, as shown on the Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94, may be limited to a few weeks.

The date or D/S notation, shown on your Arrival-Departure Record (I-94 or I-94W), is the official record of your authorized length of stay in the U.S. You cannot use the visa expiration date in determining or referring to your permitted length of stay in the U.S.

Traveling by Land

Upon entering the U.S., at the port of entry, Customs and Border Protection will collect your admission information and enter this into their database. At this time, if you are traveling by land you will still receive the Form I-94 card.

On the I-94 card, the U.S. immigration inspector records either a date or "D/S" (duration of status). In most cases, a specific date will be indicated on the Form I-94 (in the lower right-hand corner). If your I-94 contains a specific date, this is the date by which you must leave the United States.

If you enter with a J-1 or F-1 visa, then the I-94 card should state the visa type and "D/S" (Duration of Status). If you do not have "D/S" listed with your admission information, we recommend that you have this corrected at the port of entry. If you realize this after you leave the port of entry, then you should speak to an ISS advisor immediately after your arrival to the United States.

What do I do if I Lose my I-94 card?

If you lose your I-94 card, please schedule an appointment with an ISS advisor by contacting our office at 979-845-1824. Our office will assist you in the processing of an I-102 with USCIS.

If you received an electronic form I-94, you will be able to print a copy of this form on the CBP website at www.cbp.gov/I94.

last updated: 04/2013
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