(C) Arriving in the U.S.

(1)  I-94 Form I-94(arrival and departure record) has recently become electronic. You can find frequently asked questions about the new I-94 process here: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html.

 

Your record should show”F-1 D/S” (D/S = duration of status), indicating that you have been lawfully admitted as an F-1 student and that you may stay in the U.S. until you have completed your academic program. If a specific date is noted on this form instead of D/S, please contact the Allegheny International Office as soon as you arrive to campus. The I-94 number is also your “admission number”.

 

(2) I-20. The Immigration may then (but not always)also make the same notations (admission number, F-1 stamp, D/S) on your I-20.

 

The I-20 should not be collected by the immigration inspector; you should retain the original. However, on occasion, the inspector will keep the original, give you a copy and then send the original to Allegheny International Office; we’ll pass it on to you.

 

(3) Temporary Admission with Form I-515Sometimes a student arrives at the U.S. port-of-entry only to find that there is a signature missing on one of their immigration documents, or that something else might be incorrect.

 

If the immigration inspector can see that this student arrived “in good faith,” that is, the error is not intentional, then the inspector might issue a form I-515 and admit the student to the U.S. for 30 days. The student must take the form I-515 to the International Student Advisor at Allegheny immediately so that the error can be corrected as soon as possible and the student’s admission status corrected. This is a different case than when students who did not acquire the appropriate visa or do not have their I-20. Immigration officials will not consider these students as arriving in good faith.