Form I-94: Arrival/Departure Record
The I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is issued to individuals who are granted status or admission to the U.S. in a nonimmigrant category. As of May 2013, the Form I-94 is issued as an electronic record made at the US Port of Entry. Previously, all I-94 records were printed on white cards that were distributed on the airplane or at the border, and completed by each traveler individually. This card will no longer be physically distributed when traveling by air or sea, except in certain circumstances. Instead, the I-94 arrival and departure information is recorded electronically and travelers need to go online to print a summary of their admission record, as needed.
After showing the necessary eligibility documents, your passport will be stamped to mark the date and location of your admission. Often, the officer will provide a notation on that stamp with the category and expiration date of the nonimmigrant status you have been granted (see samples below). If provided, check this notation immediately for accuracy! It is much easier to make the necessary corrections at your Port of Entry upon arrival. If the officer writes a different category or forgets to stamp it at all, politely ask for them to review it and the officer will most likely correct the oversight immediately. Do not leave the Port of Entry with incorrect information recorded in your passport!
The electronic I-94 record is made available immediately online: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov. You will need to provide your name, birth date, and passport number and country. Your documents will be scanned when you enter the country and your name in this system will match your US visa, or your passport if you do not have a visa. Once the system locates your record, your Admission (I-94) Record Number and validity date will be displayed. The ISO recommends that you print this record and carry it with your other immigration documents while you are in the United States.
ISO access to I-94 Record: While you remain under UR immigration sponsorship, staff in the ISO may periodically need to look up your arrival or departure information through the electronic Form I-94 system. We will look to make sure that your immigration status was properly recorded and help you to correct any potential errors. If you have concerns about this practice, please let us know.
F-1 & J-1 Travelers: For most categories, the expiration date is based on the scheduled activity or a maximum duration for initial entry in that status. However, for F or J entry, the Admission Stamp and I-94 record should show “D/S” for Duration of Status. This means that your status remains valid as long as you are maintaining a valid I-20 or DS-2019.
SAMPLE ADMISSION STAMPS