Help – Alien and I-94 Numbers

You can find either the alien number or I-94 number in Section 1 of the employee’s Form I-9. An alien number (referred to on Form I-9 as alien registration number/USCIS number) may contain between seven and nine digits while an I-94 number (referred to on Form I-9 as a Form I-94 admission number) is an 11-digit number.

Alien Number

Alien numbers, also called alien registration numbers, USCIS numbers, or A-numbers are identification numbers issued to noncitizens by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Enter the alien number as indicated on the employee’s Form I-9. Do not enter the alien number with a preceding ‘A.’ While alien numbers may consist of between seven and nine digits, you must enter exactly nine numeric characters in E-Verify. For alien numbers with fewer than nine digits, add one zero (0) to the beginning of an eight-digit alien number and two zeroes (00) to the beginning of a seven-digit alien number. For example, if the employee’s alien number is ‘A1234567,’ enter ‘001234567’ in E-Verify. You may not enter any letters or special characters.

Following are examples of U.S. government-issued documents that contain alien numbers and where alien numbers can be located on these documents.

Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)

The USCIS number listed on the front of Permanent Resident Cards (Form I-551) issued after May 10, 2010, and circled below, is the same as the alien number except it does not contain the ‘A’ prefix before the number. The alien number can also be found on the back of these Permanent Resident Cards and is also circled below.

 

Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766)

The USCIS number listed on the front of Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766) issued after October 24, 2011, and circled below, is the same as the alien number.

 

U.S. Machine Readable Immigrant Visa

The alien number is listed as the ‘Registration Number’ on the front of U.S. visas.

 

I-94 Number

I-94 numbers, also called admission numbers, are printed on Arrival/Departure Records (Form I-94 or Form I-94A) issued to nonimmigrants by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Enter the I-94 number as indicated on the employee’s Form I-9. You must enter exactly 11 numeric characters. You may not enter any letters or special characters.

Important: If Section 1 of the employee’s Form I-9 contains both an I-94 number and a foreign passport number, you must enter the foreign passport number in the field ‘Foreign Passport Number from Section 1 of Form I-9.’

Following are examples of DHS-issued documents that contain I-94 numbers and where I-94 numbers can be located on these documents.

 
 
 

ACCURACY OF DATA

After you enter the information needed to perform a case, review the information for accuracy. By ensuring that the information is submitted correctly the first time, you may eliminate additional steps to complete the verification process.