Item 16 on Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, asks for “Date of Your Last Arrival or Entry Into the U.S.” When you entered the U.S., you may have been provided with Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the port of entry. The Date of Your Last Arrival is the date you most recently arrived in the U.S., and this is usually found in a stamp within the upper right hand corner of the I-94.
If you arrived to the United States via air or sea after May 2013, CBP probably did not issue you a paper I-94. Your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is available electronically on CBP’s I-94 Website. If you do not have Form I-94, refer to your passport for the date of last entry into the U.S.
RECOMMENDED: How to Find an Electronic I-94 Record
Date of Your Last Arrival – Without Inspection
If you entered the U.S. without inspection (without papers), there is no official record of your entry. You will have to use a date of entry based on a best estimate. This may be the case on I-765 applications related to Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Action. Use a date that you believe to be accurate.
Port of Entry
In some cases, your port of entry to the U.S. could actually be in a foreign country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains Preclearance operations in certain overseas locations to inspect travelers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. Therefore, your I-94 record (or passport) may have one date, but your physical arrival in the United States was a day later. In this case, use the arrival date from the port of entry.
RECOMMENDED: What is “Place of Your Last Arrival” on Form I-765?