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Late Arrival Information


When Do I Need To Arrive In The United States?

International students seeking F-1 or J-1 student status may only request entry to the U.S. up to 30 days prior to, but no later than the program start date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019 .


What Will Happen If I Cannot Arrive On Time

Undergraduate Students

Newly admitted first year and transfer undergraduates must arrive on campus by the “no-later-than” report or start date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019. Visa and  Immigration Services will not give approval for arriving after this date. If you have questions about deferring admission, we encourage you to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Any student who arrives after the program start date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019 will do so at their own risk.

Graduate Students

If you are not able to arrive in the United States by the arrival deadline stated on your I-20, you must submit the New Student Late Arrival Request in accessVIS to request permission to arrive late. Prior to entering the US, your SEVIS record must be updated to reflect your deferred arrival date, and a support letter must be issued.

Students who attempt to enter the US after 08/23/2021 without approval from their department and VIS, are doing so at their own risk.