Travel Tips for New Students Entering the U.S.
Hand carry (do not check) the following documents:
1. Your passport
2. If you are a new
student coming in to the U.S. for the first time, remember to carry
with you the sealed
envelope given to you by the U.S. Department of State’s Consular
Officer—attached to your passport.
It is important that
you do not open this envelope.
Your SEVIS Form I-20
4. Copy of proof of
5. Grossmont College
6. Paper receipt for
the SEVIS I-901 fee
money and other valuables
Important Note about
the I-94 Card: You will receive a white
form called the I-94 card ("Arrival/Departure Record") when you
travel to the United States. (If someone gives you a
“green” form, politely return it and ask for a “white” form.)
You must complete the card
carefully and return it to Customs as you enter the U.S.
1. Use all CAPITAL letters and write your name exactly as it is printed
in your passport. 2. Write your birth date in
day/month/year (dd/mm/yr) format. (This will be different from
the birth date on your I-20 which is typed in the month/day/year
inspector will remove the bottom of the card, stamp and write
"D/S" (Duration of Status) on it, and staple it into your passport.
Keep this card in your passport! If you lose the I-94 card, it
costs $300 or more to replace it!