U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will review your documents and compare the information with your SEVIS record. If the CBP officer at the port of entry cannot verify your information, or if you do not have all of the required documentation, the officer may direct you to an interview area known as secondary inspection. Secondary inspections allow CBP officers to conduct additional research to verify information without causing delays for other arriving passengers. Being prepared at the port of entry reduces the risk for a secondary inspection.
Some items are restricted by CBP and cannot be brought into the United States, while others may require a permit or be restricted from certain locations. For additional information on this topic, please review the Clearing Customs and Border Protection website.
I-94 Arrival/Departure Forms
- Form I-94 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arrival record. The CBP officers at the port of entry generate the I-94 record. This record is a critical piece of your immigration documentation and is evidence of legal entry and SEVIS status while in the United States. We suggest that you keep a copy of the Form I-94 record with your passport.
- Each time you enter the U.S., a new I-94 record will be generated. After each entry, you should go to the I-94 website to access and print your new I-94 record.