Arrival in U.S. and Visa
Immigration regulations allow students with an
F-1 visa to use their
I-20 to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to
the program start date listed in Section 5 on their I-20.
All students are required to attend a two-day orientation.
Plan to arrive 4 weeks before the first day of fall semester classes
and 3 weeks before the first day of spring semester classes in order
to attend the earliest possible orientation program and locate
housing. You should plan to be
in the U.S. at least one day before orientation.
It is your responsibility to make flight arrangements which will
enable you to attend orientation. Failure to attend
orientation will result in cancellation of your admission to
The 30-day period is an immigration law, and students may be turned
away at the port of entry if they arrive earlier.