Delayed Entry into the U.S. / Secondary Inspection
If the port of entry officer cannot initially verify your information or you do not have all of the required documentation to enter in F-1 or J-1 status, you may be directed to an interview area known as “secondary inspection.” Secondary inspection allows inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify the information. In the event that the Officer needs to verify information with your school or program, we strongly advise that you have the Glavin Office (+1.781.239.4565) and Public Safety (+1.781.239.5555) available. 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 student/scholar is mostly, but not fully in compliance, they may be issued a Form I-515A, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor.” This form authorizes temporary admission into the U.S. and requires the student/exchange visitor to take immediate action to submit proper documentation with the assistance of an advisor. If you receive a Form I-515A, please email ISSS 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 and immigration status corrected.
If you have experienced delayed entry on more than one occasion while traveling to the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 student, you may submit a DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry to resolve your difficulties.