For more information navigating your travels and what to expect at the U.S. Port of Entry, please visit the Students/Exchange Visitors Information page on the ICE website. To find information on the process of attaining a visa to study in the United States, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Upon Arriving in the U.S.

Once you have passed the immigration inspection at your U.S. Port of Entry, you will be asked to declare to a U.S. customs inspector what you have brought into the country. For specific information on border control, visit the U.S. Customs website.

The main airport is John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), one of the nation’s busiest airports. When your flight arrives at the international terminal, you should expect to spend at least two hours retrieving your luggage and getting through immigration. If you are entering the United States at a different location than JFK, please make sure to allow sufficient time for connecting flights.

*NOTE: You have 30 days to enter the country before your official program start date, which is registered in SEVIS by an official at your school. You must report to the school by the program start date, or you are not maintaining your status. Immediately contact our office after you have entered the United States. You must make an appointment to meet with the International Student Advisor to receive instructions on the next steps of your academic experience.

Contact Us

International Student Services
Registrar’s Office

Location: Colston Hall room 513

Telephone: 718.289.5100 Ext.3406
Fax: 718.289.6308


Hours of Operations

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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