The United States has restrictions about who can enter, what activities are permitted, and what is required for each length of stay. You need to be aware of these rules as you prepare to enter the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers guidance on many of these restrictions which can be reviewed at:
The date listed as the Program Start Date on your I-20 or DS-2019 form is the date that you should plan to be on campus. You may arrive up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
Before you leave for the United States, please make sure you carry the following list of original documents with you.
These required documents will be inspected by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as you pass through a U.S. Port of Entry. Do not put these documents in your checked baggage; always carry them with you at all times while traveling. It is a good idea to make a copy of the original documents and leave them with your family before you depart.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will review your documents and compare the information with your SEVIS record. If the CBP officer at the port of entry cannot verify your information, or if you do not have all of the required documentation, the officer may direct you to an interview area known as secondary inspection. Secondary inspections allow CBP officers to conduct additional research to verify information without causing delays for other arriving passengers. Being prepared at the port of entry reduces the risk for a secondary inspection.
Some items are restricted by CBP and cannot be brought into the United States, while others may require a permit or be restricted from certain locations. For additional information on this topic, please review the Clearing Customs and Border Protection website.
I-94 Arrival/Departure Forms
As you plan your travel itinerary, please keep in mind that the Port of Entry where you first enter the United States will unlikely be at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) or any other airport in Missouri.
Please allow at least 4-5 hours in your schedule to pass through the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigration checkpoint before you board your domestic flight to STL, which is the closest airport to Missouri S&T.
St. Louis, Missouri is approximately 110 miles/175 kilometers from Rolla. Here are the options for traveling from the St. Louis Airport (STL) to Rolla: