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How to Find an Electronic I-94 Record

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uses electronic I-94 records that can be retrieved online. Use the following procedure to find your electronic I-94 record.

What is an I-94 arrival/departure record?

The I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, also known as Form I-94, confirms that a foreign visitor has been lawfully admitted (or paroled) into the United States. It also includes information about the visitor's visa status and permitted duration of stay.

Where can I find my Alien Registration Number?

Also known as an A-Number, your Alien Registration Number is an 8 or 9 digit number that can be found on a variety of documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the former INS.

What is a certified translation?

A certified translation is essentially a sworn statement affirming the translator’s ability to translate a document from the original language to the English language accurately.

How do I get a fee waiver for USCIS forms?

USCIS recognizes that not all people can afford the fees for filing immigration forms. Guidelines for requesting a fee waiver have been established so that filers with the greatest need receive this benefit.

What is a Request for Evidence (RFE)?

USCIS may issue a Request For Evidence when an application or petition lacks necessary documentation or evidence to make a decision on the immigration benefit requested. It will become a denial if not responded to in a timely and accurate manner.

What is Form AR-11?

Foreign nationals residing in the United States use Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address, to report a change of address with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

What is Form G-1145?

Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, is an optional form that is used to request an electronic notification (text and/or email) when USCIS accepts your immigration application.

Where can I find my Social Security Number?

A Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number that is generally issued to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and certain (working) nonimmigrants. You can find the number on a Social Security card and other documents.

Guidelines for Signing USCIS Forms

Generally, all USCIS applications and petitions require an original “wet ink” signature. Use black ink and sign as you would sign with the name you would use for any legal document. Here are some guidelines for signing USCIS forms.

What is the DREAM Act?

The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that aims to provide a long-term solution for undocumented minors who were brought to the United States unlawfully by their parents.

Your Green Card Number Explained

Your green card number is a unique 13-number that refers to your immigration case. It's different than your alien registration number (A-Number) or USCIS number. You can find it on your green card.