Initial Entry to the U.S. in H-1B Status
- Valid passport with validity for at least six months following authorized period of stay
- Valid H-1B visa stamp (unless visa exempt, i.e. Canadian citizen)
- Form I-797 Notice of Approval of H-1B status
Upon admission to the U.S., you will need your I-94 record of arrival.
- If entering by land, you will need an I-94 card. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the U.S. port of entry will issue an I-94 card to the foreign national. For H-1B and H-4 foreign nationals, the CBP officer should indicate an expiration date on the I-94 card. The expiration date refers to the length of time an H-1B foreign national has permission to remain temporarily in the United States. CBP may include a 10-day grace period following the period of approved H-1B status.
We strongly recommend that you print and save your I-94 record after entrance into the United States.