STUDENT TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT
INFORMATION FOR US
If you have obtained US Student Visa and worried, how can you make your
arrangements to travel to US, then this travel guide will help you.
First of all, you need to confirm your airline tickets for the intended date
so as to reach your university at the absolute time as given by your university.
Being a student, it is obvious that you will look for the cheap tickets. So
contact your nearest travel agencies for the cheapest air tickets. Once, you
confirm your ticket; purchase all necessary clothes, accessories and other
materials according to your requirement that will be useful for you in US. Keep
in mind that most of the things in US is relatively expensive than the outer
world, so carry as much clothes, accessories and other materials as you are
allowed by your airlines. It is important to check in advance with your airline
about the luggage requirements as it varies from airline to airline. Most of the
airlines allow students to carry extra luggage than the allowed limit for other
passengers. In general, passengers are allowed two pieces of baggage to be
checked in, each of which may be up to 70 lbs (32 Kg) and also subject to
certain dimensional restrictions. Passengers are also allowed to carry one piece
of hand luggage on board.
It is highly recommended to you to have a spare set of clothes in carry-on
baggage, in case the checked-in baggage is delayed or lost upon arrival. Always
keep valuables like cash, traveler's checks, passport, visa documents, airplane
tickets, International Driving Permit, Original Educational Certificates - in
the carry-on baggage. Do not put them in the checked-in baggage. It is also
advisable to keep a copy of all the documents at home before leaving for the
Before your departure to US, you must inform your university about your
flight schedule so that they can make necessary arrangements for airport
pickups. You may also get detail information about the directions to the campus,
and where to check-in upon arrival from your university if you inform them at
time. You must check all the below listed items thoroughly before you depart:
- Your Visa Stamped Passport
- Your Airline Ticket
- University Papers
- Your I-20/I-94 Form
- Evidence of Financial Resources
- Original Certificates and Mark Sheets
- Medical Records
- Driving Permits
- Address and Direction to the University.
- University Contact Information
- Traveler's Checks and US Dollars
- Dress and Casual Clothes for All Seasons: Warm Clothing for Cold weather
and Light clothing for Warm Weather.
- Business Clothes: Dark Suits, Button Down Shirts, and Ties for Men, and
Pants Suits, Skirts and Blouses for women.
- Outerwear such as Coats, Hats, Gloves, and Scarves.
- Plenty of Undergarments and Socks.
- Toiletries, such as Soap, Antiperspirant, Shampoo, Conditioner, a
Toothbrush, and Toothpaste.
- Personal Entertainment Items, such as books or i-pod.
It is advisable to arrive at the airport at least two hours before the flight
Once you enter the territory of US, before landing, you are requested to fill
out the “Customs Declaration Form 6059B” and “The Arrival Departure Record Form
(I-94)” which is distributed on the plane. In “Customs Declaration Form”, it is
not necessary for you to list all the items brought to the US for personal use,
such as clothing or toiletries. This form is used for the valuation of any gifts
or business items that passengers have brought with them to the US. Jewelry or
similar articles of personal adornment valued at $300 or less are passed free of
duty under the personal customs exemption and cannot be sold within three years
unless duty is paid. If duty is not paid before the sale is completed, the
articles will become subject to seizure.
In “The Arrival Departure Record Form”, you must fill where you are going to
accommodate during your stay in US not the address of the school or program.
Upon the arrival at the airport, you will be shown the inspection area by the
airline personnel. You need to queue up in an inspection line and then speak
with an Immigration Inspector. You being a non-citizen must use the lanes marked
The Immigration Inspectors will determine the reason for coming to the US.
They will verify the documents and check how long you should be allowed to
initially stay in the US. They usually take few minutes to take the decision. If
you are allowed to proceed, the Inspector will stamp your passport and issue a
completed I-94 form. A completed form will show your immigration classification
and the last date of authorized stay for you in the US. You will then be
permitted to proceed to Customs.
The date on the I-94 is very important. Usually, this will be same date as
the visa validity date, but the date on the I-94 supersedes the visa date on the
visa. You are allowed to stay only for the period mentioned on the I-94. It is
your responsibility to check the date and make sure it is correct, any human
errors can be corrected within minutes by the same immigration officer and it
takes more time to get the correction after leaving the airport, so be very
careful on that time.
You must keep your university contact details and address of accommodation
handy. Sometimes, it is possible that you may need to land the nearest
international airport rather than the airport closest to your university,
because port of entry for international passengers is not available in all the
airports. You must be prepared to answer any questions like change of flights or
the person who will be picking you up from the airport. Clear, simple, and
correct answers will be enough. If you are asked to go through a secondary
inspection, you should not panic. The Immigration Inspector will verify
documents and check about enrollment with the university. Due to very strict
security checks, secondary inspections are very common.
In a secondary inspection, the Immigration Inspector will first attempt to
verify your status by using SEVIS. In the event that the Immigration Inspector
needs to verify information with your university, you should have the necessary
contact information available. Failure to comply with US government entry-exit
procedures may result in being denied entry to the US Under certain
circumstances, the Immigration Inspector may issue a Notice to Student or
Exchange Visitor Form (I-515A), which authorizes temporary admission into the
Once the Immigration and Customs checking is completed, you can now proceed
to the way to your university. When you’ll be out of the airport, there’ll be
some one to pick you if your university has committed to pick you. In some
cases, some university many not give you airport pickup services. Instead, they
will provide you with detail sitemap to reach to the university. If you are
entitled to travel by yourself, you can catch a taxi cab to reach your
university. Sometimes, the university with which you are enrolled may be far
from the airport where you landed. In such cases, if the distance between
airport and the university is more than 50 miles, you should take alternate
transport service instead taxi. Local trains or bus may be available as a better
option in a reliable transportation cost.
After completing your journey to your university, you must straightly visit
to “International Student Office” of your university. They will provide full
guidance and make arrangements for your comfortable stay and study in their
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