KEEP YOUR PASSPORT, IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS, PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES, AND MONEY WITH YOU IN THE CABIN OF THE PLANE—NOT IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE!
Port of Entry
The port of entry is the location where you enter the United States. Usually this is the airport but could also be at a border crossing. When you reach the immigration officer, you will need to be able to provide the following forms:
- Your passport, with your visa stamp
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Your I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt
- Your Customs Declaration Form
The officer may also ask to see:
- Proof of funding or financial support as listed on your Certificate of Eligibility
- Your Purdue University admission letter
The officer may ask you questions about what you will be studying at Purdue, where you will be staying, and what your plans are for returning to your home country. You may be fingerprinted and have your photo taken by the immigration officer. This is a normal procedure and is nothing to be worried about.
Your passport will be stamped with your visa status and “D/S,” which stands for Duration of Status. Having your documents correctly stamped is very important!
You will submit the Customs Declaration Form to the customs officer after you have picked up your luggage and are ready to leave the secured immigration area of the airport.
When you enter the United States your record of admission will be recorded electronically. After entering the US, you can go to www.cbp.gov/I94 to produce a printed version of your electronic I-94 admission. This will be required to complete the SEVIS check-in process.
You will need the I-94 when dealing with other agencies in the United States, such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Social Security Administration, and when completing employment eligibility verification documents such as I-9.
- Requirements for Issuance of I-20
- Requirements for Issuance of DS-2019
- Estimated Costs of Attendance
- International Admissions
- English Language Program
- Pre-Arrival Info
- Visa and Immigration
- On the Day of Arrival
- Airport Pick Up
- Housing Information
- Class Registration
- Paying for College
- Traveling with Cash
- Connect with Current Students (Global Ambassadors)
- Meal Plans