Immigration Inspection Upon Arrival
Upon arrival, students will present their passport, visa and I-20/DS-2019.
After reviewing the documents and updating the student’s SEVIS record with the entry information, the port of entry official will stamp the student’s passport notating F-1 D/S or J-1 D/S (Duration of Status), date and location of arrival in the U.S. If this is not completed, please bring it to the attention of the port of entry official so that it can be stamped with this annotation.
While the CBP officer is inspecting the immigration documents, students may be asked some general questions. Don't get agitated or nervous - it's just routine procedure. Always answer clearly, honestly and politely. If there is a problem, suggest that they contact OIS.
After clearing customs, students should proceed to the Baggage Claim area to collect their bags. If the bags are not on the carousel, or they are marked, students should inform the airline service kiosk in the Baggage Claim area. It may be necessary to meet with an U.S. Customs officials (or Agricultural Dept.) if the bags are marked. They may ask about the contents of the bags or ask to open them up. Students should follow their instructions and answer their questions honestly and politely. Please bear in mind that the penalty for carrying contraband is very high and may result in deportation.
For more information on what to expect at a U.S. Port of Entry, please see this document.