CBP Form I-94 is required if you are filing for an immigration benefit with USCIS, such as a visa extension, a visa renewal, a change of status, or an adjustment of status. Find out more about what it is, why you need it, and where to find it.
What is CBP Form I94?
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Form I-94 is a record that you were lawfully inspected and admitted into the United States. CBP Form I-94 indicates the date you were admitted, your class of admission (TN, H1B, L1, etc.), and the date your lawful admission expires (“Admit until” date). Form I-94 is used to prove your lawful admission, and in the case of employment, your authorization to work in the United States.
Why do I need CBP Form I-94?
CBP Form I-94 is often required in order to complete Form I-9 for employment verification purposes. It is also used to obtain a US Social Security number (SSN), as well as to prove lawful admission for adjustment of status. (Learn more about getting an SSN here.)
Where do I find my CBP Form I-94?
In most cases, CBP has transitioned primarily to electronic I-94s. For example, Canadians will receive an electronic CBP Form I-94 that can be retrieved with a passport. If you were admitted prior to the change to electronic I-94s, you can find the I-94 stapled to your passport in the form of a little white card similar to the one in the image above. If your record of admission is electronic, your most recent I-94 admission record can be retrieved electronically at the USCBP website.
Additional Outside Resources
- USCBP: Form I-94 Lookup
- USCIS: Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
- USCIS: Form I-539 Extension/Change of Status
- USCIS: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status
- USCIS: Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
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