Port of Entry (POE) - Arriving in the United States
If you are entering the United States on an initial DS-2019, you may not enter the United States more than 30 days before the start of your program. Be sure to check the Transportation Security Agency’s (TSA) website for current travel regulations.
Carry your admission letter, DS-2019, I-901 receipt, passport (valid for at least 6 months), proof of funds and visa with you. It would also be useful to have names and contacts for the University of Florida International Center and your department.
Make a full declaration using the Customs Declaration Form (obtained during your flight). If you are bringing more than $10,000 in cash, you must fill out a report with the customs official. Remember that certain articles are forbidden or restricted. Visit the Transportation Security Agency’s website for a list of prohibited items.
Obtain and fill out an I-94 card during the flight (or in some cases from the immigration officer at the port of entry). It is recommended to use the address where you will reside, if known. Make sure your DS-2019 and I-94 card are stamped with the date, period of admission (usually D/S for Duration of Status), port of entry and correct visa status is written on the stamped documents. Be prepared to have your photograph and fingerprints taken. If you receive a form I-515, bring it to the University of Florida International Center right away. For more information click here.