Arrival in US
Students should fill-in the I-94 forms while in flight to the USA. Immigration officers would authenticate the I-94 upon the students’ arrival at the airport in the US and would attach it to the passport. The I-94 indicates the date of entry and duration of stay in the US. Students will submit the I-94 at the airport upon departure to document the date of leaving the USA. Students are advised to review the I-94 to make sure that it has been stamped with the date of entry, the type of visa (F-1 for principals and F-2 for dependents), and the duration of stay (Duration of Status (D/S). If any of the aforementioned information is incorrect or missing, students are urged to bring their observations to the immigration authorities at the airport or to the office of international students at the university. Students are also advised to check the I-94 for special registration instructions and make sure to register with the immigration authorities, if required, before their departure from the US.
The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the USA (SACM) advises students to keep the I- 94 in a secure place because it is an important reference in determining the student’s financial benefits. Students are also urged to contact SACM to provide information necessary to open their files and be assigned an academic advisor to be eligible for the benefits stipulated by the scholarship program.