Port of Entry

All students should make arrangements to arrive in the United States no later than the date specified in item 5 on their SEVIS Form I-20.

At the port of entry, a United States immigration officer will ask you to present the following:

1. Your passport

2. Your SEVIS Form I-20

3. Your acceptance letter from Gallaudet

4. Proof of your financial support

After seeing these documents, the immigration officer should stamp "with F-1 D/S" on your passport and return it to you.

The United States Customs and Border Protection no longer issues paper I-94's for air and sea entries. Once your passport and I-20 form has been taken care of, the officer will issue you a passport admission stamp. The passport admission stamp indicates you arrived legally and the length you are permitted to stay in the United States.

If you arrive in the U.S. by land, you will continue to receive the paper I-94 card. If you received the passport admission stamp, you will have an electronic I-94 record. To access this record, visit: www.cbp.gov/I94.

I-94 Quick Reference Guide

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