The Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document issued to nonimmigrant aliens at the time of lawful entry into the United States at an air or sea port of entry. The Form I-94 is evidence of a nonimmigrant’s term of admission and used to document legal status in the United States, including length of stay and departure.
While immigration inspectors no longer give a paper I-94 to nonimmigrants at air and sea ports, they still place an entry stamp in the nonimmigrant’s passport. Nonimmigrants still must check the stamp to be certain that it shows the correct immigration classification (for example, “F-1” or “H-1B”) and date of expiration (“D/S” for “F” and “J” status). Persons entering at land border posts and certain other persons will still receive paper I-94 cards.
Nonimmigrants, including international students, are able to print their own I-94 from a Homeland Security webpage after entering the U.S.