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Entering the U.S. by Air or Sea: Electronic Form I-94

Beginning  April 30, 2013 in order to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admissions process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has automated Form I-94 at air and sea ports of entry.

The paper form will no longer be provided to a traveler upon arrival, except in limited circumstances.

The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document.

What this means is that if you are entering the U.S. by air or sea, both of the following should occur:

  1. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer should stamp your passport, indicating your date of entry and visa status granted (such as:  F-1 - D/S, J-1 - D/S).
  2. You should be issued an Electronic Form I-94. This will be available to print on www.cbp.gov/I94. Please check this website, make sure your arrival information is correct, and print the record. See below for what mistakes to look for.

The official guidance from CBP can be found in the I-94 Automation Fact Sheet.


If There is a Mistake on your Form I-94 or Passport Stamp

Your Form I-94 (paper or electronic) or passport stamp needs to contain certain information.  Look for one of the following:

  1. For those entering in F-1 or J-1 (student or scholar) status, the Form I-94 and the stamp in your passport should have the notation "F-1 - D/S" or "J-1 - D/S." This indicates that you have been granted admission for "duration of status" (D/S). Duration of status means that as long as you are maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status, you may legally remain in the U.S. until the end of your academic program (as listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019).
  2. For those entering in H-1B status, the stamp in your passport and/or Form I-94 (paper or electronic) should have a "valid until" date that corresponds to the ending date on the H-1B approval notice.

If your Form I-94 (paper or electronic) and/or passport stamp (if you have one) are not marked correctly according to your status, you can request a correction if you are still at the port of entry.

Otherwise, if you do not notice a mistake while you are still at the port of entry, please come to the ISSO as soon as possible so that we can advise you on how to receive a correction. For more information, please see Correcting I-94 Errors.