Travelers entering the United States by land can apply for a provisional form I-94 online. Only the I-94 record may be used as proof of lawful entry.
All travelers to the United States need an I-94 form, with the following exceptions:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issues the I-94 form as the official record of arrival or departure for aliens entering the United States, whose status has changed while in the United States, or who are extending their stay in the United States, among other reasons. This form is usually attached to the (non-immigrant) visitor’s passport by a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer upon entry to the United States. The visitor is required to depart the USA by the date stamped on the form.
The CBP has automated the I-94 form for travelers entering the country, in order to streamline the admission process, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs. Rather than a paper form, travelers will receive an electronic I-94, except in special circumstances. These travelers will also receive an admission stamp from the CBP on their travel document.
If you plan to enter the United States by land, you can expedite the process by applying and paying for your Form I-94 online. If you will be entering the US by air or sea, you will not need to apply for a Form I-94.
Please note that the I-94 form you receive via online application is provisional only, and is the first step of the I-94 application process. You must complete the remaining steps in the application process at the port of entry, in order to receive the final document allowing lawful entry into the United States.
In order to apply, you will need the following information, as it appears on your travel documents used to enter the United States:
If the name format is ambiguous on a passport or visa, reference the Machine Readable Zone at the bottom of the document/card. These will always follow the ISO standard convention.
Yes. You will still need to appear at the port of entry to complete the process and receive your paper form. You will only receive a provisional I-94 from the online application. Paying online helps expedite the process at the port of entry.
All admittance into the U.S. is determined by a CBP Officer at a port of entry during the application for admission or I-94 permit. As a traveler, be prepared to show purpose and intent of your travel and evidence of employment and residency during the interview. If admission is denied, CBP will provide information about your available options. There are no refunds, transfers, or exchanges of the I-94 fee. If you are denied entry or removed from the U.S. for any reason, this fee will not be returned.
No, but you will receive a receipt which you should print and save for your records. At the port of entry a CBP officer will be able to look up your provisional I-94 in the CBP system using your passport.
To complete your application, you will need to: