The I-94 record which includes the I-94 number is the “Arrival/Departure Record” issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) whenever you enter the United States. This record confirms that you have been legally admitted to the U.S. in a specific visa status, and for a 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 U.S. for the Duration of Status of your student or scholar program. If you arrive by air, the CBP will confirm your immigration status by swiping your passport.
How to Get an I-94 Record
A new I-94 record is created (except in some cases when reentering from an adjacent country) each time you enter into the U.S.
The I-94 record is created online; no document is issued on the spot. Instead, international students, scholars and family members are responsible to look up and print their own I-94 record. As soon as you have returned from travel and have access to a computer, look up your I-94 record to make sure there are no errors.
Problems Locating Your I-94 Record
If you cannot locate your I-94 record in the online system please contact an OISS adviser. Be prepared to provide the adviser the date you arrived in the U.S., the airport you landed in, and a copy of your reservation or ticket.
For each new entry into the U.S.:
Remember to download and print a new I-94 record each time you exit and return to the U.S. Keep the most current printed I-94 record with your passport for your own records. State and federal government agencies will ask to see the I-94 record (for driver’s license, social security number, etc). The I-94 record is your only evidence that you are in the U.S. legally, so it is important to keep a printout with your passport at all times.