Office of International Programs

New I-94 Arrival Process for International Students & Scholars

I-94 card

New I-94 Arrival Process

The I-94 arrival record is the white card you receive upon entry into the U.S. The I-94 arrival record documents your class of admission (F-1, J-1, etc.) and duration of stay in the United States and serves as evidence of lawful status.

All non-immigrants entering the US for this fall will see a new entry procedure at U.S. airports and sea ports. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented an electronic I-94 arrival record system. The new system will replace the paper I-94 card that most foreign nationals are used to receiving upon entry to the United States.  

For those of you entering via the Canadian or Mexican border, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.

Upon entry into the U.S., a CBP Officer will create an electronic I-94 record of the non-immigrant arrival. The CBP Officer will also provide an admission stamp directly in the passport which will be annotated with the date of admission, class of admission and admitted until date.

Upon entry into the U.S., we recommend you review your electronic I-94 record at to ensure it is correct. We suggest you check your record each time you enter the U.S. to ensure you have been admitted in the correct immigration class.  

If you have any questions please do not hestiate to ask.