Every time you travel to USA and arrive at any US Port of Entry(PoE), you would go through the Port of entry procedures, where you would either go to Automated Control Process (APC) Kiosks, if you eligible or go to a CBP officer directly to go through entry screening and interview. In both of the cases, you will be interviewed and need to answer questions asked by CBP Officer at PoE. If they are convinced, they will stamp on your passport. The CBP Officer entry stamp on your passport is very important as it signifies your class of admission or visa status you are entering with into US and how long you can stay in US. Below are some sample stamps by visa type and details of the same.
Sample of US Port of Entry Stamp by CBP Officer B1 Visa, Details of it.
- It indicates the Port of Entry Location Code for CBP. Example SFR stands for San Francisco.
- This corresponds to the visa type or category that you are using to enter US. When you are in US, this is the visa status you will have.
- The Date when you arrived in US. It will be the date that you were interviewed by CBP officer at Port of entry.
- The Date when you should leave USA. This is the validity of your stay in US for your visa type. For B1 / B2 visa it is 6 months. In the stamp you see in image, you can see the Feb 9, 2019 to Aug 8, 2019, which is 6 months.
Sample of US Port of Entry Stamp by CBP Officer – F1 Visa
As you can see in the sample CBP entry stamps below, the difference from the above B1 visa stamp is the letter in the stamp, now it says F1, indicating that you entered on F1 visa. Also, there is no end date, it says D/S, which means Duration of Status. Basically, there is no end date for your F1 as long as you can maintain F1 Student Status. Read US Visa vs. Status to understand more on difference.
Sample of US Port of Entry Stamp by CBP Officer – H1B Visa
Below is sample for H1B Visa, it has the end date of the approval notice from USCIS. The CBP officer has written the class as H1B on the stamp and end date as Mar-19-2010. You can see that it is over 3 years, which is probably the end date of USCIS H1B approval notice.
Sample of US Port of Entry Stamp by CBP Officer – L1 Visa
Below is sample for L1 Visa, it has the end date of the approval notice from USCIS. The CBP officer has written the class as L1 on the stamp and end date as 02-May-2019.