The immigration officials at the airport will want to see your Passport with the VISA, and your Form I-20(F visa) or DS-2019 (J visa). Remember to keep these original documents in a safe place and easily accessible. DO NOT keep these papers in your checked baggage.
Overview of Immigration Processing at the Airport
- A Customs and Border Protections (CBP) Officer will look at all of your documents and supporting materials, and ask you basic questions about your plans.
- If there are any questions about your record, you may be asked to go to secondary inspection so that the officers can complete a more thorough inspection of your documents and record. DO NOT be alarmed if they ask you to go to secondary inspection, it is quite common to be asked to do this.
- The CBP officer will stamp your passport to indicate duration of status ("D/S"), your nonimmigrant status (F-1 or J-1) and your arrival date.
- CBP will issue an electronic I-94 number, which you can print for yourself atwww.cbp.gov/I94.
It is also a good idea to make at least two sets of copies of these documents: one copy to leave with your family before you depart and one copy to give to your school officials. Here is a list of the important immigration documents:
- Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status” or DS-2019 “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status”