i-94 form

I-94 form Guide

The purpose of Form I-94/I-94W is to record the arrival and departure information of all visitors to the United States. Most visitors to the United States need to apply for a visa before entering the U.S., unless if the person is a citizen of one of the 27 visa waiver countries and has a machine-readable passport. Citizens of visa waiver countries can enter the U.S. for up to 90-day visa-free. Regardless of whether the visitor is entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, or if he/she has a visa, all visitors must complete either Form I-94 (white) or Form I-94W (green).

What is the difference between Form I-94 and Form I-94W?

Form I-94 (white): It is issued to visitors who hold a valid U.S. visa, such as B-1, B-2, F-1, H-1B, etc. Form I-94W (green): Is issued to visitors who enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. The “W” stands for “Waiver”. This means that you waive your rights to review or appeal any decision regarding admissibility in the United States, and prevents you (in most cases) from extending your stay in the United States or changing immigration status. Normally this is not a problem, but it is important to be aware of in case on possibly changing status after you enter the United States.

Form I-94 and Form I-94W consist of two parts:
Arrival Record: The top part of the form is kept by the immigration officer upon arrival
Departure Record: The bottom part is your departure record which must be returned upon departure

The information requested on the CBP Form I-94, Arrival Record, upper portion, includes:
– Family Name
– First Name
– Date of Birth
– Country of Citizenship
– Sex (Male or Female)
– Passport Number
– Airline and Flight Number (if applicable)
– Country Where You Live – Lawful Permanent Residence
– City Where You Boarded (if applicable)
– City Where Visa was Issued (if applicable)
– Date Issued (Day/Mo/Yr) (if applicable)
– Address While in the United States (Number and Street)
– City and State

The information requested on the CBP Form I-94, Departure Record, lower portion, includes:
– Family Name
– First Name
– Date of Birth
– Country of Citizenship

After the successful completion of processing the applicant, a CBP officer stamps the applicant’s CBP Form I-94, Arrival and Departure Records, and the passport. The CBP Declaration, used at air and sea ports of entry, may also be stamped by the CBP officer. The CBP officer retains the arrival portion of the CBP Form I-94 print and returns the departure portion of the CBP Form I-94 and passport to the applicant.
The departure portion of CBP Form I-94 and passport is to be in the applicant’s possession at all times until the applicant departs the United States.


If you lost I-94 card or if it is damaged, you can apply to replace it by filing Form I-102, Application for Replacement Arrival-Departure Document. You can file Form I-102 if you want to replace a lost, stolen or mutilated Form I-94 or I-94W. You can also use this form if you want to replace a mutilated Form I-95. Additionally, if you want an initial Form I-94 and if you want to file Form I-102 at the same time as an application for an extension of stay or change of status, you may use this form.

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