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Read This Recap of the May 16 Government Voices Webinar

May 22, 2018

During the Government Voices Webinar on May 16, 2018, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) subject matter experts and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers shared information that F and M students should know when arriving at a U.S. international airport, seaport and land border crossing.

As an F or M student, it is important to keep in mind which documents you must carry with you when you arrive at a U.S. port of entry to avoid receiving a Form I-515A, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor.”

During the webinar, CBP reminded listeners that you must carry the following items on your person when arriving at a U.S. port of entry:

  • Your valid passport.
  • Your valid visa.
  • Your original Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” with ink signature.

Although not required, CBP also recommends that you carry your:

  • U.S. customs declaration form.
  • Acceptance letter from your SEVP-certified school.
  • Evidence of financial support.
  • Contact information for your designated school official.

If you are missing documents at a U.S. port of entry and are issued a Form I-515A, you must comply with the form’s directive by the specified deadline, or you will receive an Intent to Terminate notice from SEVP.

In addition to discussing the Form I-515A and several other topics related to entering the United States, SEVP representatives and CBP officers answered live stakeholder questions during the webinar.

For more information and resources from the webinar, including a full recording and presentation slides, visit the Government Voices Webinar: What to Expect at a U.S. Port of Entry page.

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