Office Information Orr Center, Undergraduate Admissions 812-464-1768 Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (central) Email: i.apply
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Tips to consider
Carry the following items in your carry-on, NOT in your checked baggage:
Passport with F-1 or J-1 visa
I-20 or DS-2019
I-901 SEVIS Fee receipt
Evidence of finances as listed on the I-20 or DS-2019
Evidence of student status (admission letter)
Contact information for your Designated School Officials at USI or sponsor
Heidi Gregori-Gahan, Assistant Provost, Center for International Programs, 812-465-1248
Nicole Vernon, Program Coordinator, Center for International Programs, 812-228-5092
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officer will examine your immigration documents and may ask for other documentation that you used to apply for your visa.
You will be asked a few questions about why you’re traveling to or returning to the U.S. You should explain that you will be a student at USI. Some other questions the officer may ask:
How long do you plan to visit?
Where will you be staying?
Do you have the means to support yourself financially in the U.S.?
Do the documents you present match the purpose and intent of your visit?
Be prepared to show any documentation to support your answer.
Once the officer has checked your documents and confirms you have answered all the questions, they will take your fingerprints and your photograph. Your passport will be stamped with “D/S” with the appropriate F-1 or J-1 notation. The D/S means “Duration of Status” and means you are eligible to remain in the U.S. as long as your F-1 or J-1 status is valid. Learn more about maintaining your status.
Before leaving the Port of Entry (POE), do the following:
Make sure your passport is stamped correctly as your entry will be electronically recorded (I-94).
Make sure you have all of your immigration documents. The officer should not keep any of your original documents.
If your information cannot be automatically verified, you may be directed to secondary inspection. Try to stay calm if this happens to you.