New I-94 Process

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the Department of Homeland Security changed issuing a paper I-94 card to an electronic  I-94 system.  

  • The visitor will obtain a stamp in the passport and will be recorded in the CBP data base electronically at the port of entry. This stamp will be the official record of arrival for the visitor.   

How to get a paper I-94 card:

Because many agencies, such as Social Security, Division of Motor Vehicles, and the I-9 verification for employment, require a paper I-94, CBP will set up a website for the non-immigrant to access the arrival record and print out an I-94:  http://www.cbp.gov/i94

To gain access to your I-94 record and print out a copy of the I-94, you will need the following information:

  • first name
  • last name 
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • country of issuance
  • date of entry
  • class of admission (such as F-1 or J-1) 

A few more details:

  • When you use the I-94 for documentation, you will also have to show the entry stamp in your passport.
  • When you leave the U.S., your I-94 information will no longer be available on the website.
  • When leaving by air or sea, you will not have to turn in an I-94 card if you entered on the electronic system.
  • If you have a paper I-94 card now, you will turn it in when you leave.
  • If you get a new passport, and your entry stamp is in the old passport, the entry stamp is still valid.
  • We suggest that you copy all of your documents:  passport, visas, stamps in the passport, I-94 cards. And keep them forever, preferably in electronic and paper form. Because systems, processes, and requirements change through the years, we suggest you be extra careful and just keep it all. 

Information and regulation: