Form I-94

What is a Form I-94?

The Form I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to incoming foreign nationals at the port of entry. On the Form I-94, it contains one’s biographic information, the date of entry, visa type (Class of Admission), admission number, etc.

Why is the Form I-94 an important immigration document?

The I-94 Form is a very important immigration document because it records your legal entry into the United States with the date of entry, visa type, immigration status expiration date or duration of status (D/S), and admission number.  The Department of Motor Vehicle and the Social Security Administration require this form for driver’s license issuance and social security number issuance as well as for employment eligibility verification if you work on or off-campus. Submission of this form is also required when an individual files applications with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

What must you do?

After entering the U.S., you must visit the CBP website, enter your passport information and other data and then print out the I-94.

Upload a scan of your I-94 to iHome and keep one in your passport along with your I-20 or DS-2019.

While being a student or scholar, every time you exit and re-enter the U.S., you must print a new Form I-94 and upload a copy in PDF to iHome for your file.

Note: CBP will continue to issue paper Form I-94 to all land borders (e.g. driving to the U.S. from Canada or Mexico).

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