Arriving in the United State
in the United States is a very important step, which you should to prepare for.
If you have everything ready, it should be a very smooth experience. The
following documents give a good outline of the arrival processes and
Travel to a U.S. port of entry no
more than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 and apply for
entry into the United States. You will need several documents:
Proof of citizenship (a passport
valid for at least the next six months is best)
The I-20 from Santa Ana College
Proof you have the financial ability to pay for your school costs plus living expenses (the amount shown on the I-20)
An admissions letter from the school or other proof you are a student (just in case)
the CBP officer admits you into the United States, that officer then will issue
I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record”, which you will complete en route to the
United States. Keep this document in a safe place with your Form I-20. The Form
I-94 is the only document that you will receive that establishes how long you
may legally remain in the United States for your studies.
What is Secondary
the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
officer at the port of entry cannot initially verify your information, or if
you do not have all of the required documentation, you may be directed to an
interview area known as “secondary inspection.” Secondary inspection allows
inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify information
without causing delays for other arriving passengers.
inspector will first attempt to verify your status by using the Student and Exchange
and Visitor Information System (SEVIS). In the event that the CBP officer needs
to verify information with your school or program, we strongly recommend
that you have the our coolege information with you.
to comply with U.S. government entry-exit procedures may result in your being
denied entry to the United States. Under certain circumstances, the CBP officer
may issue a “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor” Form (I-515A), which
authorizes temporary admission into the United States. Work with your school
without delay to submit the proper documentation required by the Form I-515A.