How Do You Get the I-94 Arrival and Departure Record Form?


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Obtain your I-94 arrival and departure record form at CBP.gov if entering the United States by sea or air and at the point of entry if arriving by land. People entering the United States are not automatically issued a paper I-94 at the point of entry; however, they may request one.

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To obtain an I-94 online, hover the mouse over the Foreign Visitors tab near the top of the main page, and then click the International Visitors pop-up window. Click the I-94 Instructions link about midway down the page, and then click the Get I-94 Number Now link near the top-right of the page to begin the step-by-step process. For a sample I-94, after clicking the I-94 Instructions link, click the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record link embedded in the first paragraph near the top of the page, and then click CBP Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record Sample PDF on the right side of the page.

When a non-immigrant foreign person enters the United States, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent stamps the person's travel documents with the date of entry, the last date the person may legally remain in the United States and the admission class. Those people in possession of a paper I-94 should surrender it to Customs and Border Patrol or to the commercial carrier when leaving the United States.

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