Entering the United States

Before Exiting your Country

When you receive your nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the consular officer will seal your immigration documents in an envelope and attach it to your passport. You should not open this envelope. The Customs and Border Protection Officer at the U.S. port of entry will open the envelope. When you travel, you should carry some specific documents on your person. Do not check them in your baggage. If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will not be able to show the documents to the Customs and Border Protection Officer and, as a result, may not be able to enter the United States.

Carry the following documents on your person:

  • Passport (including attached envelope of immigration documents) with visa
  • SEVIS Form I-20
  • Evidence of financial resources

It is also recommended that you carry the following:

Entry into the United States

You will need to fill out an I-94 Arrival-Departure Record Form and CF-6059 Customs Declaration Form. The I-94 card has an 11-digit number known as the admission number or departure number. Fill out this form prior to your arrival at the immigration section of the port of entry. If you do not understand either of these forms, ask the flight attendant for assistance. When you exit the international flight you will be directed to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) station.
Please make sure that the Customs and Border Protection Officer does the following after reviewing your documents:

  • Stamps your SEVIS Form for duration of status (“D/S”)
  • Stamps the I-94 and staples it into your passport

If your information cannot be automatically verified by the inspector or you do not have all of the required documentation, you may be directed to an interview area known as “secondary inspection” where the inspector may conduct some additional research in order to verify information. A photo and fingerprints will be collected, and anyone may be asked to answer additional security questions.

Upon Arrival

In order to comply with immigration regulations, you are required to bring the following documents to the Sears Building, Room 210, upon arrival at CWRU:

  • Passport
  • I-94 (white card received upon entry and stapled into passport)
  • CWRU I-20 form