It is common to become stressed and overwhelmed when traveling to a new country. To help make your travel easier:
It is best to arrive one to two weeks before classes start. Arrive in time to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation and check-in. You may not arrive more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
It is best to arrive one to two weeks before classes start. If you are unable to arrive at campus prior to the day classes begin, please contact the Office for International Students & Scholars and your academic advisor. If this is a concern, please contact Emily Boerman at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you arrive late, you are responsible for all missed classes and homework, along with late registration fees and add/drop fees for your classes.
Arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (http://www.metroairport.com). The airport is located in Romulus, Michigan, only an 18-minute car ride away from Ypsilanti and EMU. Shuttle, taxi, and car rentals are available at the airport. Taxis cost about $60 plus tip. We recommend you have cash on you to pay the taxi.
Need a ride from the airport to campus? Eastern Michigan University has a student organization called UCF that will pick you up from the airport for a small fee. If you are interested please go to this link, http://ucfemu.org/airport-pickups/, and fill out the available form.
Label all of your luggage with your home country address AND your US address. Various items, such as foods and medicines are not allowed in the U.S. For more information on restricted items, visit the link below: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/kbyg/prohibited_restricted.xml.
Exchange money at the airport or before you arrive. We suggest you obtain $100 in US dollars and coins. This can be used for cab rides, bus fares, tips, food, and baggage carts. Exchange more if you are planning on staying in a hotel.
If you are bringing more than $10,000USD in any form (cash, bank draft, or traveler's checks) you must declare it to US Customs on a FinCen 105 Form. You can print the form at: http://www.fincen.gov/forms/bsa_forms/. You will not be charged for bringing in these funds. Do not pack any money or traveler's checks in your luggage; it may be lost or stolen. Keep all money and traveler's checks with you at all times.
On your flight you will receive a Customs Declaration Form (6059B) and information regarding the electronic I-94 form. Complete these forms before you land. Be sure to print your name, family name (last name), date of birth, and country of citizenship exactly as shown in your passport. List your US address on the forms. DO NOT list the school's address or your home country address. Remember, in the United States the date is written as month/day/year. If you have questions while completing these forms please ask a flight attendant for assistance. For more information on the 6059B, please visit:
For information on obtaining your I-94 card:
The Immigration Process
Please be polite and patient. You must state your reason for entering the country and provide information about your final destination. Tell the immigration officer you are studying in the United States. Be prepared to provide the name and address of the Eastern Michigan University , if asked. The immigration officers may ask the purpose of your stay and about the items on your entry documents (such as proof of funds). Have your documents ready. You will need:
When your inspection is successfully complete, the immigration officer will:
Make sure you have ALL of your documents and the stamped dates are correct. Remember, in the United States the date is written as month/day/year. Welcome to the United States!
This is a registration system that tracks the entries and exits of nonimmigrant visa holders in the United States. Digital fingerprints and a photograph are usually taken during the visa application process and repeated upon arrival in the United States. For more information, see: http://www.dhs.gov/us-visit-resources-and-materials .