Your Form I-94, Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Record
Your I-94 is a Department-of-Homeland-Security-issued document that was created when you entered the US. You should obtain it by either:
- Printing it after your arrival by air or sea OR
- Receiving a small white card stapled onto a visa page of your passport when you enter at a land port of entry. A new one is also created if you receive a Form I-515A.
The I-94 shows the following information:
- Your port of entry and date of entry
- An eleven-digit identifying number
- Your lawful status
- Certification of your employment eligibility as part of a Form I-9
and the specific time that you may remain in the U.S.
- Usually you will be admitted for “D/S,” meaning the duration of status for the length of your program of study as indicated on your Form I-20 (Form DS-2019 for Js)
- including any period of post-completion optional practical training (academic training)
- plus 60 days (30 days for a J-1)
- Your I-94 is invalid after leaving the U.S.–upon your return to the U.S. you will receive another one–unless you travel to a continuous country or U.S. territory for less than 30 days; where upon, it remains valid.
- To print your I-94, click HERE and you will then be directed to the I-94 government website. At that point you will be asked to enter information from your passport. If the correct information is entered your I-94 will appear and you will be given the option to print the document. If your I-94 does not appear please come into our office and we will assist you in locating your I-94.