What is the i-94 form ?
i-94 card is a nonimmigrant visitor's Arrival-Departure Record.
When you enter the U.S., you will be inspected by an immigration officer and admitted in a nonimmigrant classification (e.g., H-1B, L-1). Your evidence of admission is the small I-94
It is the expiration date on your I-94 form, not the expiration date on your visa, that determines how long you are permitted to remain in the United States. You must have a valid I-94 form at all times while you are in the U.S. There are severe consequences if your status expires. If your status has been expired for six months, in most cases you will be barred from returning to the U.S. for three years. If your status has been expired for a year, in most cases you will be barred from reentry for ten years.
The processed I-94 card or electronic record contains vital information including your:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Date of entry
- Visa status, and
- Authorized stay
All arrival and departure information will be gathered electronically and made available at http://www.cbp.gov/I94. CBP has also automated the I-94w process for visitors travelling to the USA on Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
What if I need a printed copy of my I-94?
If you need a physical copy of your I-94 to apply for a driver’s license, state ID or social security card then you can print a copy of your I-94 by accessing CBP website. You will have to key in your biometrics like Name, Date of Birth, passport number, country of issuance, date of entry and class of admission to access your I-94 electronically.
why the i-94 form is important?
It is very important that the information on your Form I-94 is correct and is the same as your SEVIS record, the information on your Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status”, your passport and your visa. Incorrect or inconsistent information can make it difficult to get a Social Security number, apply for employment authorization, or go through other U.S. government procedures once in the United States.
If you can't locate your I-94 online.
If you tried to retrieve your I-94 from the cbp.gov online system and you receive a response that your I-94 is "Not Found", please read the following questions to help you check for mistakes and try to enter the information again:
1. Did you enter your first and last name the same way it appears on your passport? Please do not use dashes or titles.
2. Did you enter the passport number that appears on the upper right hand side of your passport?
3. Did you enter your country of citizenship (country that issued the passport, not where you currently live)?
4. Under Class of Admission, did you enter the visa classification that appears on your U.S. visa OR, if you are traveling under the visa waiver program (VWP) enter WT/WB?
5. If you entered your first and middle name and it is not found, try one name or the other. Also try entering your first and middle name in the first name box.
6. Try entering either your most recent date of entry or your original date of entry into the U.S.
If you still cannot find your I-94, please contact your nearest* Customs and Border Protection Deferred Inspection Site and a CBP Officer will be able to assist you.
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