Travel to the US
Research which flights are best for you and book your tickets in advance. Remember to buy travel insurance to cover you and your belongings while traveling. And remember, always label all of your luggage clearly. The label should have your full name and the address of the INTO center.
When should I arrive?
As an F-1 student, you can enter the US up to 30 days before the start date written on your I-20. Don’t arrive any earlier or after your start date. We recommend arriving at least one full day before your start date, but be sure to check when your accommodation will be ready.
What documents do I need?
Make sure to have these documents in your carry-on luggage to show upon arrival at the US Port of Entry:
SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt
Finance documents to prove you have financial cover for your first year of study
Your University offer letter and admission or confirmation letter
Complete a US Customs Declaration Form on the flight
On the flight, you’ll be given a US Customs Declaration Form to fill out. Present it to the immigration official when you enter the US. The immigration official will stamp it and return it to you. You’ll then present it to the Customs official at a separate checkpoint. Don’t lose this form! If you’re traveling with dependents, you’ll need to complete only one of these forms.
Get your I-94 number
This contains official details of your arrival and status in the US. You no longer need to complete a paper form. Instead, get your number online. Once you arrive in the US, download and save a copy of your I-94 number.
Meet immigration staff
At the airport, you might meet immigration staff and you may need to answer question such as:
Why are you coming to the US?
Where and what course are you studying?
Where will you live during your studies?
How are you going to fund your studies?
For more information about immigration and arriving in the US, visit the government website.
INTO Airport Transfer Service
Your INTO center provides an airport transfer service for you when you arrive. When scheduling your flights, please remember you must arrive at least one day before, but no more than 30 days before, your program start date (refer to the start date on your I-20).