An I-94 is a form denoting the Arrival-Departure Record of particular foreigners used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).I-94 must be completed before Port of Entry procedure.Airline staff gives blank I-94 during flight time 1-2 hours before landing.
The I-94 card lists an expiration date, indicating how long an individual is allowed to stay in the United States. This date is not the same as the expiration date of the visa. The I-94 expiration could be far less or far more time than the validity of the visa. The permitted time is set out in the I-94.
Filing EOS or COS with USCIS Before I-94 Expiration
The nonimmigrant must depart the United States by the expiration date listed on the I-94 card. If the individual wishes to remain longer in the U.S., s/he must file an application for extension of status (EOS) or change of status (COS) before the expiration date listed on the I-94 card.
An individual who "overstays" and remains beyond the expiration date listed on the I-94 card without filing a case that allows for remaining in the United States, is in violation of immigration law. Such an individual generally would begin accruing unlawful presence time, as s/he does not have a timely filed application to change status and/or extend stay pending with the USCIS. Overstaying could subject the individual to a 3-year or 10-year inadmissibility bar on entry, automatic visa revocation or to being put into removal proceedings.
What information does it contain
The Arrival-Departure Record (CBP Form I-94) or the Crewman Landing Permit (CBP Form I-95) shows the date you arrived in the United States and the “Admitted Until” date, the date when your authorized period of stay expires, and class of admission.It also contains basic personal information of person.
When to return I - 94
Before departure from USA , I -94 card should be return to airline staff at boarding counter.
What if I-94 has incorrect information
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will review and issue the necessary documents to remedy errors recorded on the Arrival-Departure Record at the time of entry to the United States relating to improper non-immigrant classification, inaccurate biographical information or incorrect period of admission, if appropriate.
Any designated deferred inspection location or CBP office located within an international airport should be able to assist you, regardless of where the actual document was issued. In many instances, the location of your final destination where the discrepancy will be resolved may not be the port of your first arrival into the United States. Travelers are encouraged to contact sites not located within an international airport to establish an appointment, if necessary. Mail-in procedures are not available.
Currently, there is not an approved form to request the correction of inaccurate information recorded on the CBP Form I-94 or I-95 at the time of entry into the United States. You will need to bring the questionable CBP Form I-94 or I-95 and documentation to support the claim that the form was not properly annotated. For example, present a passport and visa to justify an incorrect visa classification or an approved petition to support an incorrect admission period. A fee will not be assessed.
The CBP offices within the international airports and deferred inspection locations are only authorized to correct errors that occurred at the time of arrival. Requests to replace the CBP Form I-94 or I-95 that has been lost, stolen or mutilated must be filed with USCIS.
Authorized stays that were limited at the port of first arrival by supervisory authorization as noted on the reverse side of the CBP Form I-94 will not be corrected. Under these circumstances, you will be required to file an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-539, with USCIS.
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How do I extend or change visa given in I-94 card ?
f you wish to extend your authorized period of stay in the United States or change your nonimmigrant status (visa classification), you will need to file an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) with USCIS. You will be asked to submit your original CBP Form I-94 upon filing the application. ( USCIS )
If you were not given an CBP Form I-94 when you were legally admitted to the United States, please file an I-102 Form. You will need to provide USCIS proof that you were legally admitted to the United States. You should file the Form I-102 at the same time you apply to extend your stay in the United States or change your immigrant status.
=How do I apply for a Replacement I-94 or I-95, if the original was lost, stolen or is mutilated?
f you are applying to replace a lost, stolen or mutilated Arrival-Departure Record (CBP Form I-94) or Crewman's Landing Permit (CBP Form I-95), you must file an Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-102) with the USCIS office having jurisdiction over where you are temporarily located.
If the CBP Form I-94 or I-95 was lost or stolen, submit a copy of the original CBP Form I-94 or I-95. If you do not have a copy of your original CBP Form I-94 or I-95, please submit a copy of the biographic/photo page from your passport and a copy of the passport page that was stamped by CBP officer when you entered the country. If you cannot submit any evidence of your legal admission to the United States, please submit a full explanation and proof of your identity.
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