When I arrived U.S. las
month, I did not complete the paper Customs
and Border Protection Form I-94. Do I really need the form as an admission process record?
Foreign visitors to the U.S. arriving via air or sea no longer need to
complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94
Arrival/Departure Record or Form I-94W Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver
Arrival/Departure Record. Those who need to prove their legal visitor
status to employers, schools/universities or government agencies can
access their CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) arrival/departure
record information online at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov.
CBP now gathers travelers’ arrival/departure information
automatically from their electronic travel records. Because advance
information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will
still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.
If travelers need the information from their Form I-94 admission record
to verify immigration status or employment authorization, the record
number and other admission information they are encouraged to get their
Upon arrival, a CBP officer stamps the travel document of each arriving
non-immigrant traveler with the admission date, the class of admission,
and the date that the traveler is admitted until. If a traveler would
like a paper Form I-94, one can be requested during the inspection
process. All requests will be accommodated in a secondary setting.
Upon exiting the U.S., travelers previously issued a paper Form I-94
should surrender it to the commercial carrier or to CBP upon departure.
Otherwise, CBP will record the departure electronically via manifest
information provided by the carrier or by CBP.
An I-94 form is needed by all persons except U.S. Citizens, returning
resident aliens, aliens with immigrant visas, and most Canadian
citizens visiting or in transit. Air and Sea travelers will be issued
I-94s during the admission process at the port of entry. A traveler
lawfully admitted (or paroled) into the U.S. may print their lawful
record of admission (I-94 form) from this CBP website. If someone
requests your admission information, this is the form you would provide.