Before your arrival in the US as an international student, there are some requirements that you must fulfill for happy stay while abroad. Apart from the necessary documents you must carry along, you also need some personal effects on your arrival in the US. This article will identify some documents as well as personal effects that you must carry along with you to the United States.
It is mandatory that all international student must obtain and complete the Arrival-Departure Record I-94. This card will be made available to you on your flight to the United States of America. On completion of this form, you will be required to make available your international passport; SEVIS fee receipt, visa, financial details, I-94 Card as well as the I-20/DS2019 form at the port of entry to the Immigration Officer.
At this point, your passport, I-94 card and I-20/DS2019 will be stamped by the Immigration Officer and take all these documents along with you to the International Student and Scholars (OISS) office at NYU-Poly for processing by the immigration department in order to register you for classes. However, you must note that you are required by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to attend NYU-Poly once you have entered the United States of America with an I-20/DS2019 or IAP-66 issued by Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Ensure the safety of your international passport, SEVIS fee receipt, DS-2019 or I-20, your original academic records, admission letter and other important documents by keeping them in your carry-on bags. Avoid keeping vital documents in your checked bags.
Other necessary things you need for your arrival in the United States as international student are; money, recipes for your favorite foods, clothing, your final examination results and transcripts, Medical considerations, international driver’s license, cultural items to be shared with other students, marriage certificate and birth certificate.
When you are traveling to US with money as international student, it is recommended that you go along with a small amount of US dollars, credit cards or Traveler’s Checks. The money you carry on you will cater for your hotel, food, transportation and other services.
However, carry along clothing that will take care of the seasons – winter (November to March) summer (June to August) available in the US. The summer time is always very hot while the winter period can be very cold. Therefore, carry along with you boots, coats, sweaters and other clothing you will need as soon as you arrive in US.