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Arrival to U.S.

Careful planning and preparation by international students should ensure a smooth entry into the U.S. at a port of entry.

Points to Remember

1. Plan your arrival: As an international student in F-1 status or an exchange student in J-1 status, you may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.  Before leaving your home country make sure that your passport and entry visa are valid for entry into the U.S. Your passport should be valid for at least six months into the future at all times.
2. Keep the following documents in your carry-on bag (do not pack in suitcase):
  • Your passport with F-1/J-1 visa
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from Babson College
In addition, it is strongly recommended that you also carry:
  • Receipt of SEVIS fee payment
  • Proof of financial support
  • Evidence of student status (letter of acceptance, recent tuition receipts, verification of enrollment letter, transcript)
  • Name of your International Student Advisor and a 24-hour emergency contact number of Babson College's Public Safety office: 781-239-5555.
3. At the U.S. port of entry, present the following:
  • Your passport with F-1 or J-1 entry visa
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from Babson College
  • Customs Declaration Form (CF-6059) (available on the airplane and/or at the land border)
You will also be asked your purpose for entering the U.S. and to provide information about your final destination. Explain that you will be a studying at Babson College: 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, Massachusetts.
Once inspection is completed, the officer will stamp your passport with your immigration status and “D/S” (which stands for duration of status)
VERIFY that the stamp indicates your correct  status ("F-1" or "J-1") and bears the notation “D/S”
4. Check in with Babson and present your original passport, Form I-20 or DS-2019 and entry visa.  Details about check-in and orientation will be provided to you in advance.

Additional Information

Secondary Information Requirements 
If the port of entry officer cannot initially verify your information or you do not have all of the required documentation, you may be directed to an interview area known as “secondary inspection.” Secondary inspection allows inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify information. In the event that the Officer needs to verify information with your school or program, we strongly advise that you have the name and telephone number of an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Babson College. Failure to provide proper documentation and to comply with entry/exit procedures is cause to refuse the exchange visitor admission into the United States.
Temporary Entrance/Form I-515A 
Under certain circumstances, if a scholar is mostly, but not fully in compliance, he/she may be issued a Form I-515A, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor.” This form, along with an Arrival/Departure Record/Form I-94, authorizes temporary admission into the U.S. and requires the student/exchange visitor to take immediate action to submit proper documentation. If you receive a Form I-515A, please report to the Office of International Programs in Hollister Hall as soon as possible after you enter the U.S. to speak with an International Student & Scholar Advisor about the procedure for getting your documents corrected.