When traveling outside of the U.S., students should have the following documentation:
Students who need to obtain a new visa must apply at a US Embassy outside of the U.S. (preferably in their home country). Please check the U.S. Embassy’s website for more information before leaving the U.S.
Consult with the embassy or consulate for the country you plan to visit to determine whether a visa will be required for entry into that country.
The Form I-94 is issued at the port of entry to nonimmigrants by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to record arrivals and departures from the U.S. Previously, individuals would complete a paper Form I-94 and the CBP officials would stamp the top portion of the form with the date of arrival and indicate the individual’s immigration status and expiration date.
Travelers may access their Form I-94 immediately on the CBP website by inputting their information (if they entered the U.S. by air or sea):
There is also a list of frequently asked questions on the website. Review for accuracy the entry stamp which will be placed in your passport by CBP. Check the class of admission (F-1, J-1, H-1B, etc.), the date of entry and “admitted to” date (D/S for F and J status) and bring errors to the attention of the CBP officer. Travelers are encouraged to print their electronic Form I-94 from the website upon arrival, as a print copy may be needed for work authorization, driver license and social security applications, etc.
Travelers at land ports of entry to the U.S. will receive a modified paper version called the I-94A. Some individuals, such as refugees and asylees, will continue to receive a paper form I-94.