Arriving in the US

Many first-time visitors to the U.S. are concerned about how to go through customs, immigration and find local transportation from the airport to Suffolk. Everything is new and exciting, yet the language and systems may also be totally different.

If you can't find the answers to your questions on this site, please don't hesitate to contact the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

Clearing U.S. Immigration

When you arrive in the U.S. you will go through immigration inspection. You will need to present the following items to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) official:

  • a valid passport
  • a visa document (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • a receipt from the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee
  • a valid U.S. visa stamp

IMPORTANT: Do not pack these items in your checked luggage. Bring these items on the airplane with you.

The CBP official will enter your information into the online I-94 system. Before you clear immigration, check to make sure you have entered in your correct status: F-1 or J-1. Do not enter the U.S. on a B-1 or B-2 visa.

If you are detained at the port of entry, contact the ISSO immediately.

Transportation to Suffolk

After you have picked up your bags at the baggage claim area (and cleared U.S. Customs), you should find the "Ground Transportation Desk." Representatives at this desk can help you arrange for transportation to Suffolk.

Shuttle bus and train services are available from the airport. Suffolk University's "Visiting Suffolk" website provides helpful information about transportation options once you arrive in the United States.

Reporting to ISSO

All new international students are required by law to check in with the ISSO by attending Immigration 101.