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Immigration Documents

Form I-94

The Form I-94 is a very important document, as it is the official record of a student’s lawful arrival into and departure from the United States. It is also the immigration document showing in which status an individual has entered the country. Once an F-1 or J-1 student arrives in the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will create an electronic I-94 record for the individual, which will show the details of the entry, and “D/S” for “Duration of Status,” indicating lawful admittance to the United States for the duration of the student’s F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status. Please visit www.cbp.gov/I-94 after you arrive in the United States, to print your I-94 record. You should do this each time you re-enter the United States.

Form I-20

This document is your Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 status, and is used for entry to the United States and to record work authorization, practical training, and transfer approval, among other things. Keep this form with your passport and do not surrender it when leaving the United States. Your SEVIS ID is located in the upper right hand corner of your I-20. It is a 10 digit number beginning with an N.

The DS-2019

This document is your Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 status, and is also used for entry to the U.S. and to record academic training. Keep this with your passport and do not surrender it when leaving the United States. Your SEVIS ID is located in the upper right hand corner of your DS-2019. It is a 10 digit number beginning with an N.

You should keep copies of all I-20s and DS-2019s issued to you; they become a part of your permanent record.