Form I-102 is the Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document. This form is used by non-immigrants who need a replacement Arrival/ Departure Document.
Form I-102 can be used to replace the following incorrect, lost, stolen, or damaged Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Documents:
- Form I-94, Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Record;
- Form I-94W, Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival-Departure Record;or
- Form I-95, Crewman Landing Permit.
If you have lost your I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, then you can file for a replacement using Form I-102. It is important to replace your Arrival-Departure Record as this denotes your arrival and departure date into and out of the United States. Because nonimmigrant visas are only valid for a specified period of time, it is necessary to keep this form to prove to CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) that you have not stayed in the United States past your visa’s expiration date.
If you stay in the United States beyond the validity period of your visa, you may be barred from returning to the United States temporarily (usually for a period of 3 to 10 years) or even permanently.
Unlawful presence in the United States could also result in deportation, meaning you will be removed from the country. Deported persons are often barred temporarily or permanently from returning to the United States.
How to Replace your Form I-94:
Form I-94 is the Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Record issued by CBP (Customs and Border Patrol). The I-94 documents the dates you enter and exit the United States and ensures that your stay is within the validity period of your visa.
Nonimmigrant visa holders will be issued Form I-94 upon arriving at a United States Port of Entry. It is a white form with 2 perforated sections. As the visiting nonimmigrant, you should complete both sections with information such as your name, date of birth, country of citizenship, and the date your visa was issued. Also, ensure that you know the address where you will be staying while in the United States as it will be asked.
The CBP officer will stamp your I-94 when stamping your passport. The officer will keep the arrival portion of the I-94 and leave you your stamped passport and stamped departure portion of the I-94. You will return the departure portion of the I-94 to a CBP officer when leaving the United States.
You can use Form I-102 to replace an incorrect, lost, stolen, or damaged Form I-94.
Form I-94W is the Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival-Departure Record. Form I-94W is for nonimmigrants traveling to the United States who do not possess a visa and who are nationals of a country of the Visa Waiver Program. Form I-94W documents the nonimmigrant’s arrival to and departure from the United States.
You can use Form I-102 to replace an incorrect, lost, stolen, or damaged Form I-94W.
Form I-95 is the Crewman’s Landing Permit. It is a CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) form that documents the crewperson’s arrival and departure into and out of the United States.
Form I-95 is issued to crewpersons with transit visas. A transit visa is issued to a crewperson traveling to the U.S. as a passenger to join a ship or aircraft who does not meet the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program.
You can use Form I-102 to replace an incorrect, lost, stolen, or damaged Form I-95.
What is Form I-94?
Form I-94 is the Nonimmigrant Arrival/ Departure Record. It is issued at the United States Port of Entry upon your arrival to the United States. A portion of Form I-94 is kept by CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) and the other portion is stamped with your passport and left with you to be given back on the date of your departure.
It is important to keep Form I-94 as it denotes the date of your arrival in the United States and ensures that you do not stay beyond the expiration date of your visa. If your I-94 is incorrect, stolen, damaged, or lost you may request a replacement document by filing Form I-102.
What is a nonimmigrant?
A nonimmigrant is a person visiting the United States temporarily, without the intention to reside there permanently, and who does not abandon their residence abroad.
What is the Visa Waiver Program?
The Visa Waiver Program allows nationals of participating countries to visit the United States temporarily without needing a visa. 37 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Travelers under this category can only stay in the United States for a period of 90 days or less.