Welcome back, Griffins!

We’ve updated our Health and Safety Guidelines for the Fall 2021 semester. Visit MMC Onward to get the details.

Traveling to the U.S.

Some travel tips for your first entry into the U.S. as an F-1 Student.

Do not forget to pack the following documents in your carry-on luggage:

  • Passport
  • F-1 visa
  • Form I-20

Important to Remember

  • You cannot enter the country more than 30 days before the program start date indicated on your I-20.

  • You cannot enter the country after your program start date on your I-20 unless you speak with the International Student Services Office.

  • Make sure the officer stamps you correctly at Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  The stamp should say “F-1 D/S”.

  • If you are traveling by car, it is very important that you get out of the car and speak to a CBP officer.  They should give you a paper I-94 card stapled to your passport.


Emergency Contact

  • 212-517-0484: Office work number; office hours are 9 a.m.—5 p.m., Monday—Friday
  • 212-517-0582: Please use this for emergencies ONLY during non-office hours

Prepare for your arrival by reviewing our incoming guide for international students!              

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