Form I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record issued to foreign visitors when they enter the United States. Form I-94 used to be in paper format, stapled to a visitor’s passport by a Customs and Border Protection(CBP) officer. Since April of 2013, however, CBP has implemented the electronic I-94 process across the nation’s ports of entry. Most visitors entering the U.S. since the transition will no longer receive a paper I-94 card. Instead, they will only see a CBP entry stamp in their passport.
The CBP admission stamp is annotated with date of entry, class of admission and admitted until (expiration) date, but is missing the I-94 number. This has caused confusion among travelers who are not familiar with the new process. We have received at least a dozen inquiries asking where they can find their I-94 number, which is often required under various circumstances.
The way to retrieve an I-94 number electronically is through CBP’s website at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/recent-search. You will be asked to provide the following information:
- Name as it appears on your passport or travel document
- Date of Birth in Day/Month/Year format
- Passport Number
- Country of Issuance
The CBP website also has answers to many frequently asked questions. I’ll just add a couple points here:
When can I retrieve my I-94 number?
Your I-94 number will be available on the CBP website after you enter the United States and will remain available to you during your stay. You will no longer have access to the record after your departure from the U.S.
As soon as you have a chance, please retrieve your I-94 number and print a copy. You will definitely need the information if you later have to change status, extend your stay, or go through other immigration processes. Even if you don’t have an immediate need, it is important to keep a copy for your own record anyway.
Although your I-94 record remains available to you during your visit, CBP emphasized that “The availability of the record does not convey legal authority to remain in the United States outside of the terms and conditions of admission. All travelers must comply with the terms of the classification granted and admitted until date.”
What to do if I find an error on my electronic I-94 record?
If you find an error on your electronic or paper I-94, you should contact a local CBP Deferred Inspection Site to have the error corrected. You may also go to a Port of Entry (POE, usually an airport) if that is closer to you. CBP website has a list of Deferred Inspection Sites as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.