Plan Your Arrival!
You may be refused entry into the United States if you attempt to arrive more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 form.
Always hand-carry your immigration documents! Do not check the following documents in your baggage. (If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will be unable to present the documents at your port of entry and you may not be able to enter the United States): your passport (valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay) and your SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you also hand carry the following documentation: evidence of financial resources; acceptance letter from Georgia State University; paper receipt for the SEVIS fee, Form I-797, and name and contact information for your “Designated School Official” as listed on your I-20 or “Alternate Responsible Officer” as listed on your DS-2019.
If you experience problems at the port of entry outside of regular business hours, please contact the Georgia State Police at (404) 413-2100. For comprehensive information on procedures for traveling and arriving in the United States, visit educationUSA.
Complete Your Entry Paperwork
If Arriving By Air: Flight attendants will distribute Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059) and Arrival Departure Record Forms (I-94). These must be completed prior to landing.
If Arriving By Land or Sea: The CBP Officer at the port of entry will provide the necessary Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059) and Arrival-Departure Record Forms (I-94) to be filled out upon your arrival. Be sure to write your name as it appears in your passport!
As You Arrive at the Port of Entry
Proceed to the terminal area for arriving passengers. Have the following documents available for presentation: your passport; SEVIS Form (I-20 or DS-2019); Arrival-Departure Record Form (I-94); and Customs Declaration Form (CF-6059). The Form I-94 should reflect the address where you will reside, not the address of the school or program.
All visitors entering the United States must state their reason for wishing to enter the country. You will also be asked to provide information about your final destination. It is important that you tell the CBP Officer that you will be a student. Be prepared to include the name and address of the school program where you will enroll/participate. Once your inspection is successfully completed, the inspecting officer will stamp your SEVIS Form for duration of status (“D/S”) and stamp the Arrival-Departure Record Form (I-94) and staple it in the passport.
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