You have your new F-1 student visa!
Your bags are packed for a long stay away from home.
You're excited - part of you can't wait to get on that airplane. But you may also be a little scared, and part of you may feel some sadness at leaving your home and friends. What a time of change for you!!
How do you prepare for a trip from where you are to Mt. Vernon, GA, USA?
Follow me, and I'll get you here!
- Let me know when you have received the visa so I can confirm your room assignment and add you to my list of students to pick up at the airport.
- If you have family or friends in the US who will bring you to school, make your arrangements to arrive on campus on the date on your information sheet. If you come earlier, your housing may not be available. If you arrive later, you will miss important parts of orientation and registration for classes.
- If you do not have anyone you know to bring you to campus, plan your travel to arrive at the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) according to the schedule on the IMMIGRATION page. There is NO public transportation, and private taxi service can cost several hundred US dollars. Please take advantage of the free pickup service we provide you.
- Notify my office when you have made your flight arrangements. I need the name of the airline on which you will arrive in Atlanta, the time of arrival, and the flight number. That will help me know when to expect you and to find you easily when you arrive.
- You will go throught US Customs inspection at the first Point of Entry (POE) in the US. There you will be admitted to the US for study or turned back. If all is in order with your immigration paperwork, you should have no problems. The following website: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/factsheet/100104ent_stdnt_fs.htm gives very helpful information about how to carry your immigration paperwork and what to expect.
- Unless you have purchased a US SIM card in advance or have international roaming access, your phone will not work in the US, so don't depend on calling anyone,
- When the customs officer has reviewed your documents and indicated you are to enter, check to be sure he has done the following. If any of these are not done, ask someone to correct them before leaving the area.
- Your I-20 and I-94 (little square white card) both have the date-stamp on them
- He has written F-1 and D/S on both of them inside the date stamp
- He gave all of your documents back to you