Entering The United States
The foreign student must complete an Immigration Form I-94 (white), Arrival/Departure Record. Form I-94 asks for basic identification information and the address where the foreign student will stay in the U.S.
Upon arrival, the transportation personnel will show the foreign student to the inspection area. The student will queue up in an inspection line and then speak with an Immigration Inspector.
The Immigration Inspector must determine why the foreign student is coming to the U.S., what documents the student may be required to produce, if the student has those documents, and how long the student will be allowed to initially stay in the U.S. These determinations usually take less than one minute to make. If the student is allowed to proceed, the Inspector will stamp his or her passport and issue a completed Form I-94 to the student. A completed I-94 Form will show what immigration classification the student was given and how long the student is allowed to stay in the U.S. The student will then be permitted to proceed to Customs.
At the port-of-entry, the foreign student must present his or her Form I-20, passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. consular official.