When you arrive at the Port of Entry to enter US either via Flight at an Airport or via land, including seaports, your arrival and departure is tracked by US Department of State using a form of I-94, called as Arrival / Departure Card for USA.
In the past, it was mandatory to physically complete this form by every foreign citizen entering USA with a Visa. Now, it is electronic for some of the countries, and for others, you still need to complete this form and submit at port of entry to the CBP officer. Also, if their online system does not work, they use this Form I94 as well to capture arrival and departures.
Step by Step Guide to fill out I-94 Form at Port of Entry in US ?
Below is a step by step guide to fill out I94 form at port of entry for anyone entering US.
How to Fill various fields of form I-94 Card ?
I-94 Form : Arrival Departure Card Sample Form
|If you look, there are three sections in the I-94 Form.
Top part and Arrival record are taken by CBP officer at Port of Entry and you only get one part of the I-94 form.
On all three sections, there is a big number, that is the arrival departure number that is used for tracking.
You need to enter all details in Capital Letters.
You need to enter below information exactly between the lines.
I-94 Arrival Record
Family Name : Your Surname / Family name / Last name as in Passport and Visa
First ( Given ) name : Your first name or given name as in visa and passport.
Birth Date : Enter date of birth
Country of Citizenship : Enter your citizenship country based on your passport.
Passport Number : Enter your passport number
Country where you live : Your resident country, where you currently live.
City where you boarded : The City where you took flight/ship/ road transport to arrive in US at Port of Entry.
City where Visa was Issued : City where you got your US Visa. Consulate office where you got visa stamping done.
Date Issued : Date your Visa was issued. You can see it on your visa stamp in Passport.
Address while in the US : You need to enter US address, where you will stay. If you are staying in hotel, put in hotel address or if you are at your relatives place, put that address. It usually has a number and street name
City and State : City and state tied to your address, where you will stay in US
I-94 Departure Record
You fill in the same details like in arrival record, but you just need to enter only 4 things
Family Name, First Name, Date of Birth and Country of Citizenship
This is the part that CBP officer will give you after taking the arrival record and top part. You need to keep it carefully and return it, when you exit the country at the airport.
In the new electroic system, you do not have to return, but if you have the physical copy, just return it to the airline.
I-94 Form – Back Side
You do not have to fill anything here, it is used for official purposes only and CBP officer uses it. So, DO NOT fill anything !
Also, you can check your Arrival Departure I-94 Records online
I-94 Form Font Side
I-94 Form Back Side
Sample I-94 Form Given by CBP officer at Port of Entry with Stamp
You will get a small card of the large I-94 form that you fill at submit. The CBP officer will stamp and put a date on the card, indicating your duration of stay. If you were to do electronic I-94, you will not get any card and then the date is put on your passport stamp, how long you can stay. Below is sample. Read further on how to fill the entire form and how it looks. Check out more Sample I-94 Forms