INSPECTION AT THE POINT OF ENTRY
BY UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION
When you arrive at your first stop in the United States, you will be given a blank form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record, sample reprinted at the back of this booklet) by the flight crew before landing. You must fill out the required portions. If you have difficulty, ask the flight attendant or wait and ask the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Inspector. The forms are available in English or in native language if your flight to the US originated in your country. If the flight attendant does not give you a form, inform the USCIS Inspector and he/she will give you one.
Upon deplaning, you will be directed to the USCIS Inspection station. The USCIS Officer will inspect your passport, Form I-797 (H-1B) or Form DS-2019 (J-1) and endorse your Form I-94. DO NOT LEAVE THE INSPECTION STATION UNLESS YOUR FORM I-94 HAS BEEN STAMPED.
2 Form DS-156 is available on the Internet at the US Dept. of State website: www.state.gov
Canadians, because you may not receive documents when traveling as tourist to the United States, it is imperative that you plainly state that you wish H-1B or J-1 status and show the appropriate documents. If the station is particularly busy, the officer may neglect to issue the Form I-94. Do NOT leave the border crossing station without a Form I-94. If they do not give you one ASK FOR IT.