Come to the U.S. for Class/Residency

When students arrive to the US, please note the following:

  • Speak with a Port of Entry (POE) official; do NOT enter the US through a kiosk.
  • Show the POE official your I-20 and F-1 visa when they ask why you are coming to the US.
  • It is critical that a student enters the US as a student and not a visitor.
    • If the POE official records the entry as a visitor and not a student, then the student will need to work with the DSO to obtain a I-94 correction.
  • Notify the DSO for DMIN-OI of your arrival.
  • Inform the DSO if you are planning on returning to the US within 5 months for another class with our programs.
  • Students can arrive up to 30 days prior to the start of a program and can leave up to 60 days after the end of the program.
  • Students receive an emergency phone number to contact in case of issues at the POE in the letter that accompanies their I-20. Please refer to this number in emergencies only.

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