Travel and Re-Entry
When engaging in international travel, nonimmigrants to the United States need to be aware of the guidelines regarding Form I-94 for seamless re-entry and record updating. Always ensuring information is current and compliant with U.S. regulations is crucial.
Re-Entry with Form I-94
Upon returning to the United States, a traveler with a current Form I-94 may not need to obtain a new one if their travel was brief, casual, and innocent—typically short trips to Canada or Mexico. The key is that their status and intentions to leave upon their visa’s expiration remain unchanged. Re-entry on the same I-94 is commonly permitted for travelers who:
- Have a valid multiple entry visa
- Have a passport valid for six months beyond the period of intended stay in the U.S.
- Are seeking to re-enter after a temporary visit elsewhere of fewer than 30 days.
It’s important for travelers to ensure their I-94 has not expired before leaving the U.S. An expired I-94 upon return can lead to denial of re-entry.
Updating I-94 After Travel
Travelers who may need an updated I-94 after international travel should check their I-94 record online upon re-entry to the U.S:
- Visit the official I-94 website.
- Enter the required personal information.
- Verify travel dates and admission stamps.
Discrepancies or errors in one’s travel record can affect immigration status and should be addressed immediately. If changes occurred to immigration status or visas while abroad, travelers need to ensure their I-94 reflects their current status upon returning. In cases where a new I-94 is issued at the port of entry, travelers must verify that all information is accurate and corresponds with their authorized period of stay.