Before exiting your Home Country
When you travel, you should carry some specific documents on your person. Do not check them in your baggage. If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will not be able to show the documents to the Customs and Border Protection Officer and, as a result, may not be able to enter the United States.
Carry the following documents on your person:
- Passport with visa
- SEVIS Form I-20
- Evidence of financial resources
It is also recommended that you carry the following:
- Evidence of Student status (recent tuition receipts, transcripts)
- Name and contact information for Designated School Official at ENC; The name of who signed the bottom of your I-20 is that of a DSO, and the office phone number is (617) 745-3771. (In only an emergency when you cannot reach the office you may call ENC security at 617-745-3911 and they will contact the DSO.)
Entry into the United States
When you exit the international flight you will be directed to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) station.
Please make sure that the Customs and Border Protection Officer does the following after reviewing your documents:
- Stamps your passport for duration of status, the stamp should have F-1 DS written on it. If it lists anything other than F-1 or has a date, it was done incorrectly.
If your information cannot be automatically verified by the inspector or you do not have all of the required documentation, you may be directed to an interview area known as “secondary inspection” where the inspector may conduct some additional research in order to verify information. A photo and fingerprints will be collected, and anyone may be asked to answer additional security questions.