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I-94 Automation Process

Please review the information below and on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.    If you have questions after reviewing the material , please contact us at the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) at intl_office@umassd.edu or call 508-910-6633.

What is Form I-94?

Form I-94 is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document  issued to visitors to the U.S. at the time they enter the United States. The Form I-94 is evidence of your lawful admission to the U.S. and is used to document your legal status in the United States.  

What is the Form I-94 automation process and who uses it?

New students, scholars, and interns, as well as all returning students and scholars, will use this process.  When you enter the U.S.,  the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer reviewing your documents at the port of entry will create an electronic automated arrival Form I-94 record from a scan of your passport during the admissions process.  U.S. CBP will no longer issue a paper Form I-94 to students and scholars. Passports will now be stamped with admissions information:  date of admissions, visa class, and departure date.  F-1 and J-1 students will still receive the D/S notation on their passports and on the electronic Form I-94.

Students and scholars arriving by land (for example, from Mexico or Canada) will still receive a paper Form I-94.

How will I get a paper Form I-94 if needed for other procedures and paperwork I may encounter as part of studying and and working in the U.S.?

If you need a copy of the I-94 (record of admission) for verification of immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from www.cbp.gov/I94.

How will this affect my application for a Social Security Number or a driver’s license?

Other federal agencies who use the I-94 and other arrival information (Social Security Office or Registry of Motor Vehicles) will receive the data electronically and much sooner than in the past.  Students and scholars would need to wait only two or three days before proceeding with the application for a Social Security number or driver’s license. 

What about errors or lost forms?

Although the automation process should reduce or even eliminate errors, if there is an error in the I-94 information after it is issued,  you must have the error corrected by visiting the local U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Deferred Inspection Site.  Students who enter the U .S. with incomplete documents will be issued a paper I-94  and will have to submit a Form I-515.  The I-515 allows you to enter the U.S. for 30 days while you collect and submit the missing documents to US CBP.

Students who have been issued a paper I-94 and then lose it must use the Form I-102 to apply for a replacement I-94.

You may contact the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) at intl_office@umassd.edu or call 508-910-6633 for further information onthe procedure for lost or incorrect forms.


For questions on the I-94 procedure, you can visit www.cbp.gov/I94.  There is a demonstration video under the I-94 FAQ tab as well as answers to the most common questions. You may also contact the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) at intl_office@umassd.edu or call 508-910-6633.


Updated 08/19/2014
Information adapted from SEVP and CBP materials