Presentation on theme: "Welcome to TAMUCC We are happy to know that you have chosen to attend Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. The information that follows is intended to."— Presentation transcript:
2Welcome to TAMUCCWe are happy to know that you have chosen to attend Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. The information that follows is intended to give you an overview of the process that you will go through to get your visa and make your journey to the U.S. and ultimately to Corpus Christi. We are looking forward to seeing you next semester. Please review the information provided, and feel free to contact Karin Griffith at or 361/ if you have any questions.
3Getting Here This website, Homeland Security - Study in the States, was created by the Department of Homeland Securityand provides valuable information about studying inthe United States and how to maintain your status.Please take time to review this website.
4Applying for Your VisaAllow as much time as possible for this process, as it can take up to three months from the date of your interview to process your visa.Visit the website of the consulate/embassy where you plan to apply for your visa to make sure you are following their instructions.Complete the DS-160 (click here for information)This is done onlineYou will need a current passport-style photo, your I-20, and a valid passportSchedule your visa appointmentThis can be done onlineYou will need the barcode number from your completed DS-160This video, (view video) from the Department of State provides tips on the visa application process.
5Applying for Your VisaComplete Form I-901 and pay your SEVIS I-901 fee on line. Click here to learn more about SEVIS Form I-901.To complete Form I-901:You will need the recent From I-20Before making the payment, make sure that your personal information on the I-20 is correct, particularly your name and date of birth.If the information is not correct, DO NOT continue to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. You must contact Ms. Karin Griffith at to obtain a corrected Form I-20.Be sure to check the website listed above for additional information to complete the Form I-901.Attend your visa interviewBe promptAnswer questions honestly and completelyIf you are asked to submit additional information, do so quickly and follow instructionsA visa entitles you to travel to the U.S. and apply for admission to the U.S. A visa does notguarantee entrance to the U.S. An immigration officer at the Port of Entry will determine your eligibility for admission into the U.S.
6Things To Do Before Leaving Home Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Effective January 2012, all students under age 30 entering an institution of higher Education in the State of Texas are REQUIRED to either receive the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination. Please carefully review the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Policy for information on valid proof of vaccination or valid proof of vaccination exemption.You will NOT be allowed to register for classes until this requirement is met.This requirement applies to students living on-campus AND students living off-campus. Students will NOT be allowed in university housing without proper evidence of vaccination.Evidence of vaccination must verify that the vaccine was received at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
7Things To Do Before Leaving Home Review your College website for information concerning your program.Visit the Student Affairs webpage and review the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.It is important that the Office of International Education has someone to contact in case of emergencies. It is best to list multiple emergency contacts. Include their home address, address, and phone number. A close family member, someone in the U.S., someone who speaks English, and / or someone who can translate between English and your native language. Please this information to Ms. Karin Griffith at .View this video, US Visit for International Travelers, created by the Department of Homeland Security, about arrival to the U.S.
8Arriving in the U.S.Be sure to keep the following items with your person when you travel. Do not store these items in your suitcase.PassportI-20When you arrive at the airport, land border, or sea port in the U.S., you are arriving at a “Port of Entry “ (POE).The officers at the POE work for Customs and Border Protection (CBP)You will complete a CBP Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) and a CBP Declaration Form.- If you are arriving by air, the airline staff will give you the forms to fill out before you landIf you are arriving by land or sea, the CBP officer at the POE will you the forms to fill out upon your arrivalBe sure to declare all items you are bringing into the U.S. on the CBP Declaration Form.Remember that CBP officers have authority to search / inspect all individuals, luggage and merchandise
10Arriving in the U.S. Tips for Form I-94 Use standard United States characters and PRINT clearly. Letters such as Ñ, É, Ü, Ç are not recognized by U.S. data systems. Please use N, E, U, or C instead. All letters must be CAPITALIZED.If you have only one name, enter it in the Family Name block. Use the letters FNU in the First Name block. Print your name exactly as it appears on your Form I-20.Spacing is as important as spelling and must be consistent and match the official passport.For example: some data systems will not read Min Ho Kim and Minho Kim as the same name.Hyphens must NOT be usedNO: Gutierrez-SmithYES: Gutierrez SmithDate of birth must be given in DAY/MONTH/YEAR order. This is NOT the same order that appears on the I-20 form.
11Arriving in the U.S. More Tips for Form I-94 After entering the U.S., check the completed I-94 to make sure that it states “F-1 D/S.”Make a copy of the I-94 and put it in a safe place (You will give a copy of your I-94 to Ms. Karin Griffith, the International Student Services Coordinator, once you arrive on campus).Safeguard the original I-94 by stapling to your passport.DO NOT LOSE YOUR I-94. It costs over $300 to replace it. You can visit USCIS to learn more about replacing your I-94 card.
12Arriving in the U.S. Sample Custom Declaration Form
13Arriving in the U.S. Walking through Customs A CBP officer will guide you through the inspection process. You should have your travel documents ready, such as your passport, I-20, I-94, and CBP Declaration Form.The officer will review your travel documents and ask questions, such as why you are visiting the U.S. and how long you will stay.If all your documents are in order and you are admitted, the CBP officer will stamp your passport, I-94, and I-20 and will note your visa type and how long your are allowed to stay in the U.S. on both your I-94 and I-20.The Officer will scan your fingerprints and take your photograph with a digital camera.The officer should write D/S (Duration of Status) on your I-94. Duration of Status means you can stay in the U.S. as long as you are in status as a student AND you have a valid I-20.You will be directed to collect your luggage and proceed through Customs.Claim your luggage, submit your declaration form and get the luggage inspected before connecting to another flight or leaving the airport.
14Arriving in the U.S. Walking through Customs CBP Inspection Process:As indicated in the prior slide, a CPB officer will inspect all your documents at the Port of Entry to determine if you are allowed to enter the U.S.If clear, the officer will stamp you passport, I-20, and declaration form, and issue an I-94 card:
15Arriving in the U.S. More on Customs and Border Protection The following goods (and many more) are restricted and cannot be brought into the U.S.Alcoholic beveragesCeramic tablewareCultural artifacts and propertyDrug paraphernaliaFirearmsFood productsGoldMedicationPlans, seeds, and soilPetsFor more information and a full list of restricted/prohibited items, visit the CBP websiteCBP.gov.
16Arriving in the U.S. Declaration of Monetary Instruments According to CBP regulations, you must declare all cash, checks, money orders and other monetary instruments if the total amount exceeds $10,000, and you must fill out a form of Report of International Transportation of Currency and Monetary Instruments.If persons traveling together have $10,000 or more, they CANNOT divide the currency between them to avoid declaring the currency.Whatever you should have declared but didn’t, will be subject to seizure.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website provides information on currency reporting and you can download Customs Form 4790 to declare your monetary instruments. Please click here for more details.
17Arriving in the U.S. Helpful Hints Leave enough time for your flight connection, as the inspection process may take a long time.You CANNOT arrive in the U.S. more than THIRTY days before the start date of your I-20. If you do, you may be required a secondary inspections at the Port of Entry or even be sent home.It is recommended that you have your financial proof documents with you at the POE.Carry some small bills and coins with you, in case you need to make a phone call or pay for a luggage cart.
18Arriving in the U.S. Getting to Corpus Christi There are flights to the Corpus Christi International Airportfrom Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and other cities.If you have not made prior arrangements to be picked upby friends or family, you can take a taxi from the airport toyour housing.This option will cost you between $40 and $50.For on campus housing information, please visit Camden Miramar. For off-campus housing, the TAMUCC recommends that you click here to help you search for housing nearby.
19Please send an e-mail to Ms Please send an to Ms. Karin Griffith to let her know you have completed this orientation. Your feedback to improve this presentation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.Stop by Ms. Karin Griffith’s office in CCH 126 when you first come to campus. Please bring your Passport, I-94, and I-20. TAMUCC is required to check these documents to confirm your status in the United States.We look forward to your arrival.