Arrival & Orientation

Overview

Welcome!

We are looking forward to meeting you. Our office is here to assist you with your entry to the US in the proper immigration status, completing your immigration check-in process, and communicate other university requirements.

Plan Your Arrival

As a new student you may enter the US, as an F-1 or J-1 visa holder, no more than 30 days prior to the program start date. This date is designated on the I-20 (F-1) as “Earliest Admission Date."

Travel Documents

You should bring your passport with visa stamp, I-20 or DS-2019, proof of SEVIS fee payment (I-901), and other supporting documentation in your carry-on luggage when traveling to the US.

What to Expect at the US Port of Entry 

Once you arrive at the US Port of Entry you will apply for entry to the US from the Customs and Border Protection officer. Be prepared to show your visa, I-20, passport, and supporting documentation.

Check Your Status 

Once granted entry to the US, you should receive a blue and red Port of Entry Stamp in your passport. It indicates date of arrival, immigration status (F-1 or J-1), and duration of time for which you are admitted to the US.

Port of Entry stamps for F-1 and J-1 students should indicate ‘D/S’. This refers to the “duration of status” that is needed to complete your academic program. If the officer puts a specific end date for the duration, please see our office so we can assist you in correcting this error.

For more information about the arrival process see the US Department of Homeland Security’s website, Study in the States.

For current government guidelines see the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's website, How to Navigate the U.S. Immigration System.