|Prior to traveling from your home country to the United States, it is important that you prepare for your inspection at the port of entry (first place of arrival in the United States).
Upon your arrival, an immigration official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will review a variety of your immigration documents before allowing you to officially enter the United States. This official must be satisfied that you intend to attend the school specified on your F-1 or J-1 visa and/or Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. The immigration official will inspect the documents you present to ensure their authenticity.
Please have these important documents readily available and NOT packed in your checked luggage:
- Current Passport
- Current U.S. visa (if applicable)
- Form I-20 or DS2019
- Admission letter to Ohio State
- SEVIS fee payment receipt
- Financial documentation (that matches the funding stated on your I-20/DS-2019)
Do not pack fresh fruit, produce, meat, prepared food, spices or plants. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will not allow you to bring these items into the country.
Do pack photos or items that remind you of home, but not those that are irreplaceable.
Do not ship
your belongings to campus.