I-94 Card

For air and sea entry, since may 2013, electronic Form I-94 is used. Before entering the U.S. by land, you should fill Paper Form I-94. You fill it and present it to the immigration officer at port of entry. Immigration officer will keep the arrival record and stamp the departure record with certain information. Departure record is also called I-94 card. I-94 card will be stapled into your passport. I-94 card is a very important document and you must hand it over to the carrier or the CBP officrer at the land borderwhen you depart the U.S.


1. Departure Number: A unique number to this I-94 card.

2. Date of entry into the U.S.

3. Class of admission is a visa class such as H1B, H4, B1, B2, F1 etc.

4. Admitted Until. This is the date until which the person can stay in the U.S. If it says 'D/S', it means 'Duration of Status'. That means, that the person can stay as long as he/she holds a valid non-immigrant status. This is most relevant for H, L, F, Jtype of visas.

Date of entry until admitted until is the authorized duration of stay in the U.S.

Visa stamp expiration date and the I-94 expiration dates are two different things. Visa vs Authorized Duration

5. This specifies the Port of Entry (POE), the place where you first entered the United States.