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. You must present your I-94 record in order to verify your immigration status, attend the mandatory check-in workshop, and to receive any immigration benefits including a travel signature, or employment authorization.
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.
Pictured above: Electronic I-94 Record
Pictured above: Paper I-94 Record