The I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when you enter the United States. Your I-94 record confirms that you have been legally admitted to the United States in a specific visa status, and for what duration of time. For F and J visa holders, the amount of time is indicated by the notation “D/S” which means you can be in the United States for the Duration of Status of your student or scholar program. Your I-94 record may be needed for the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, or for 3rd parties, such as the Social Security Administration or Department of Motor Vehicles, which require a Form I-94 for granting benefits.
CBP creates electronic I-94 records at all airports and seaports. You must access your I-94 record after entering the United States from the CBP website. Review all information and ensure that it is correct. Print out your I-94 record and keep it with your other immigration documents. CBP will continue to issue paper I-94 records at all land borders and at secondary inspection. The electronic I-94 record will continue to be available to you while you remain in the United States. Once you depart the United States, your electronic I-94 record will no longer be available for you to view. Each time you re-enter the Unites States, a new electronic I-94 will be created.
TIP: in addition to printing your I-94, scan and keep a PDF copy of your electronic I-94 for your records.
If you are unable to locate your most current I-94 from the CBP website, meet with an International Student Advisor.
Additional I-94 Resources
TRAVEL ADVISORY - SMART TRAVELING TIP! PLAN FOR POSSIBLE TRAVEL DELAYS
We recommend students schedule 2-3 hours between connecting flights, or when crossing a land border, for SEVIS status verification processing at U.S. Ports of Entry.