I-94 Arrival and Departure Record
What is the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record?
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
The I-94 is the Arrival / Departure Record, in either paper or electronic format, issued by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer to foreign visitors entering the United States. After April 30, 2013, most Arrival/Departure records will be created electronically upon arrival. Instead of a paper form, the visitor will be provided with an annotated stamp in the foreign passport. If provided a paper form, the admitting CBP Officer generally attaches the I-94 to the visitor's passport and stamps the departure date on the form.
When do I receive an I-94 record?
You will receive and I-94 record every time you enter the United States as a non-citizen.
- Entered via air/sea: If you enter the U.S. via air or sea, you will receive an electronic I-94 record, which will include the immigration status into which you were admitted, an admission number and will state the length of time you are allowed to remain in the U.S. in the status listed on the form.
- Entered via land border crossing: If you enter the U.S. via a border crossing, you will receive a paper I-94 record in the form of a small white card stapled into your passport. The paper record includes the same information that appears in the electronic record.
How can I find my I-94 record? Should I keep a copy?
If you entered the U.S. via air or sea, you will receive an electronic I-94 record. The record can be obtained at:
You should print out a copy of your electronic I-94 record each time you enter the U.S. and placed with your other immigration records. This record can only be obtained after entry to the U.S. If you cannot find your electronic I-94 record or if the information on the record is incorrect, please contact OISSS as soon as possible for assistance.
Those who enter the U.S. via a border crossing will receive a paper I-94 record (small white card). This card will be given up to the appropriate authority (i.e. airline official or CBP officer) upon departure.
What should it say on the admissions stamp in my passport and on the I-94 record?
For those entering the U.S. in F or J status (including spouses and children on dependent visas) the admission stamp in the passport and the I-94 record (paper or electronic) should indicate:
Class of Admission: F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2
Length of Stay (Admit Until Date): D/S
For those entering the U.S. in a status other than F or J, the admission stamp in the passport and the I-94 record (paper or electronic) should indicate:
Classification of Admission: H-1B, H-4, O-1, O-3, TN, TD, etc.
Length of Stay (Admit Until Date): Specific Date (Format: MM/DD/YYYY or YYYY Month DD)