Form I-94 "Arrival/Departure Record"

What Is Form I-94?

CBP Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, is a document issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The purpose of the form is to gather data about the arrivals and departures of aliens who have non-immigrant visas and enter the U.S. The application was last revised on May 1, 2008.

If a traveler is a nonimmigrant visitor not in possession of a visitor's visa and is a national of one of the countries mentioned in the Code of Federal Regulations, (Title 8, Aliens and Nationality, Part 217, Visa Waiver Program) then they must fill in CBP Form I-94W, Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record, instead of Form I-94.

How to Get an I-94 Form?

Obtaining the document depends on how an individual enters the U.S.:

  • Eligible individuals who enter the U.S. via air or sea don't need to fill in the application, CBP collects their information automatically. However if a traveler requires an I-94 retrieval, it is available on the I-94 official website. There, a filer can retrieve their I-94 number and a history of their U.S. arrivals and departures;
  • Eligible individuals who enter the U.S. via land can only get the document at land border ports of entry. Each document contains a unique I-94 number, but since May 2019 it has been changed to contain ten digits and one letter.

If an applicant would like to make themselves familiar with the contents of the form, an I-94 Form sample is available for download below.

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CBP Form I-94 Instructions

The application is supposed to be filled out by all individuals entering the U.S. via land border ports of entry. There is a list of travelers who are not required to fill in the document, it includes:

  1. Visitors arriving in the U.S. via air or sea. Their information is collected from their travel records.
  2. Individuals who have U.S. citizenship. U.S. citizens are not required to fill out the application.
  3. Returning resident aliens. Returning foreigners residing in the U.S. don't need to provide this document.
  4. Aliens with immigrant visas. Foreigners with immigrant visas are not requested to fill in the application by CBP.
  5. Canadian citizens visiting the U.S. (or in transit).

The application comes with brief guidance on how to fill it in. The document consists of two parts which must be completed by a traveler:

  1. Arrival Record. Individuals must designate identifying information here, such as name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport information, visa information, country where an individual lives, the country where an individual has boarded, individual's address and telephone number while they're in the U.S., and their email address.
  2. Departure Record. In this section, an individual must enter their name, country of citizenship, and date of birth.

After a traveler has completed all sections on the application, they must hand it to a CBP officer. The officer will obtain their Arrival Record and keep it, stamp the Departure Record, and hand it back to the filer. The filer must keep it and hand it to a CBP officer upon their departure.

How Long Can I Stay in the U.S. After I-94 Expires?

The Departure Record states the date when a visitor is supposed to leave the U.S. and most of the time it is a hard end date. However, if an applicant is a student or a participant of another exchange program, then the date will be stated as "D/S" - Duration of Status. It means that a filer can stay in the U.S. as long as their current visa remains valid. To check their I-94 status filers can visit the I-94 official website.

How to Extend the I-94 Date?

If a traveler needs to extend their I-94 date and stay in the U.S. longer, they should first check their admission class. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), individuals are not eligible for the prolongation if their visa category is either of the following:

  1. C - Alien in Transit.
  2. D - Crewman.
  3. K-1 - Fiancé(e).
  4. K-2 - Dependent of Fiancé(e).
  5. S - Witness or Informant beyond a total of 3 years.
  6. TWOV - Transit Without Visa.
  7. WT, WB - Visa Waiver Program.

Those individuals must leave the U.S. within the I-94 date because they cannot extend the date. However, if a filer's visa category allows they can try to apply and prolong their stay in the U.S., but the extension is not guaranteed. Each case is different, and the CBP thoroughly scrutinizes every situation carefully.

A traveler eligible for an extension must fill in USCIS Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, or USCIS Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, depending on a filer's visa category. They must submit it to the USCIS before the I-94 expires. The filing address depends on the visa class and the location of the traveler and to find the closest one they should check the official USCIS website.


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
OMB No. 1651-0111
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Welcome to the United States
I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
Instructions
This form must be completed by all persons except U.S. Citizens, returning resident aliens,
aliens with immigrant visas, and Canadian Citizens visiting or in transit.
Type or print legibly with pen in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Use English. Do not write on the
back of this form.
This form is in two parts. Please complete both the Arrival Record (Items 1 through 17) and
the Departure Record (Items 18 through 21).
When all items are completed, present this form to the CBP Officer.
Item 9 - If you are entering the United States by land, enter LAND in this space. If you are
entering the United States by ship, enter SEA in this space.
5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) Privacy Act Notice: Information collected on this form is required by Title 8 of the U.S. Code,
including the INA (8 U.S.C. 1103, 1187), and 8 CFR 235.1, 264, and 1235.1. The purposes for this collection are to
give the terms of admission and document the arrival and departure of nonimmigrant aliens to the U.S. The
information solicited on this form may be made available to other government agencies for law enforcement purposes
or to assist DHS in determining your admissibility. All nonimmigrant aliens seeking admission to the U.S., unless
otherwise exempted, must provide this information. Failure to provide this information may deny you entry to the
United States and result in your removal.
CBP Form I-94 (05/08)
OMB No. 1651-0111
Arrival Record
Admission Number
000000000
00
1. Family Name
2. First (Given) Name
3. Birth Date (DD/MM/YY)
4. Country of Citizenship
5. Sex (Male or Female)
6. Passport Issue Date (DD/MM/YY)
7. Passport Expiration Date (DD/MM/YY)
8. Passport Number
9. Airline and Flight Number
10. Country Where You Live
11. Country Where You Boarded
12. City Where Visa Was Issued
13. Date Issued (DD/MM/YY)
14. Address While in the United States (Number and Street)
15. City and State
16. Telephone Number in the U.S. Where You Can be Reached
17. Email Address
CBP Form I-94 (05/08)
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
OMB No. 1651-0111
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Departure Record
Admission Number
000000000
00
18. Family Name
19. First (Given) Name
20. Birth Date (DD/MM/YY)
21. Country of Citizenship
CBP Form I-94 (05/08)
See Other Side
STAPLE HERE
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
OMB No. 1651-0111
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Welcome to the United States
I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
Instructions
This form must be completed by all persons except U.S. Citizens, returning resident aliens,
aliens with immigrant visas, and Canadian Citizens visiting or in transit.
Type or print legibly with pen in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Use English. Do not write on the
back of this form.
This form is in two parts. Please complete both the Arrival Record (Items 1 through 17) and
the Departure Record (Items 18 through 21).
When all items are completed, present this form to the CBP Officer.
Item 9 - If you are entering the United States by land, enter LAND in this space. If you are
entering the United States by ship, enter SEA in this space.
5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) Privacy Act Notice: Information collected on this form is required by Title 8 of the U.S. Code,
including the INA (8 U.S.C. 1103, 1187), and 8 CFR 235.1, 264, and 1235.1. The purposes for this collection are to
give the terms of admission and document the arrival and departure of nonimmigrant aliens to the U.S. The
information solicited on this form may be made available to other government agencies for law enforcement purposes
or to assist DHS in determining your admissibility. All nonimmigrant aliens seeking admission to the U.S., unless
otherwise exempted, must provide this information. Failure to provide this information may deny you entry to the
United States and result in your removal.
CBP Form I-94 (05/08)
OMB No. 1651-0111
Arrival Record
Admission Number
000000000
00
1. Family Name
2. First (Given) Name
3. Birth Date (DD/MM/YY)
4. Country of Citizenship
5. Sex (Male or Female)
6. Passport Issue Date (DD/MM/YY)
7. Passport Expiration Date (DD/MM/YY)
8. Passport Number
9. Airline and Flight Number
10. Country Where You Live
11. Country Where You Boarded
12. City Where Visa Was Issued
13. Date Issued (DD/MM/YY)
14. Address While in the United States (Number and Street)
15. City and State
16. Telephone Number in the U.S. Where You Can be Reached
17. Email Address
CBP Form I-94 (05/08)
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
OMB No. 1651-0111
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Departure Record
Admission Number
000000000
00
18. Family Name
19. First (Given) Name
20. Birth Date (DD/MM/YY)
21. Country of Citizenship
CBP Form I-94 (05/08)
See Other Side
STAPLE HERE
This Side For Government Use Only
Primary Inspection
Applicant’s
Name
Date
Referred
Time
Insp. #
Reason Referred
I-94 Back
11” h x 4.5”w
212A
PP
Visa
Parole
L/O
TWOV
Fonts:
Other
Arial, Times
Secondary Inspection
End Secondary
Time
Insp. #
Disposition
22. Occupation
23. Waivers
24. CIS A Number
25. CIS FCO
A-
26. Petition Number
27. Program Number
28.
Bond
29.
Prospective Student
30. Itinerary/Comments
31. TWOV Ticket Number
Paperwork Reduction Act Statement: An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information
collection and a person is not required to respond to this information unless it displays a current valid
OMB control number. The control number for this collection is 1651-0111. The estimated average
time to complete this application is 8 minutes per respondent. If you have any comments regarding the
burden estimate you can write to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Asset Management, 1300
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20229
Warning
A nonimmigrant who accepts unauthorized employment is subject to deportation.
Important Retain this permit in your possession; you must surrender it when you leave the U.S.
Failure to do so may delay your entry into the U.S. in the future.
You are authorized to stay in the U.S. only until the date written on this form. To remain past this date,
without permission from Department of Homeland Security authorities, is a violation of the law.
Surrender this permit when you leave the U.S.:
- By sea or air, to the transportation line;
- Across the Canadian border, to a Canadian Official;
- Across the Mexican border, to a U.S. Official
Students planning to reenter the U.S. within 30 days to return to the same school, see
“Arrival-
Departure” on page 2 of Form I-20 prior to surrendering this permit.
Record of Changes
Departure Record
Port:
Date:
Carrier:
Flight No./ Ship Name:
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