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Arriving in the U.S.

Initial Port of Entry

When you arrive at your initial port of entry to the U.S., you should have the following documents with you:

  • Form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Wake Forest University
  • Passport that is valid for AT LEAST six months beyond the date of your initial entry
  • F-1 or J-1 visa stamp in your passport*
  • I-94 card that you received on the airplane

*If you do not have the F-1 or J-1visa stamp in your passport, the likelihood that you will be denied entry to the U.S. is very high.

You will be admitted into the country as an F-1 or J-1 student. Both your I-20 and I-94 card will be stamped by the immigration official to reflect your student status. Please ensure that the proper visa status is stamped on your I-20 and I-94.

If you do not have your I-20 with you when you arrive at a U.S. port of entry, you will most likely be admitted into the country. However, you will be given Form I-515A and instructed to send in all necessary documentation to an office in Washington D.C.


Please keep in mind that you are making an entry to the U.S. at a very busy time of the year in terms of processing for customs and immigration. There is always a chance that you will be delayed and will not be able to make your connecting flight.

Arriving in Greensboro

The Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) is the airport located nearest to Winston-Salem. It is located approximately 30 minutes away in Greensboro, NC.

Transportation to Winston-Salem

Since the airport is located 30 minutes from Winston-Salem, you have several transportation options availble to you:

PART Shuttle: If you arrive between the hours of 6:00am and 7:00pm, you have the option of taking the PART shuttle to the bus terminal located in downtown Winston-Salem. You will need to take a taxi from the downtoan Winston-Salem bus terminal to the WFU campus or your place of residence. PART is a public shuttle service, and the cost of a one-way ticket to Winston-Salem is only $2.00. The shuttle stop is located outside of the baggage claim area on the ground floor of the terminal. From PTI you will be transported to the PART central hub in Greensboro. From Greensboro you will have to transfer to a shuttle to Winston-Salem. The last bus from the Greensboro Central Hub departs at 6:30pm. Please call 883-PART (7278) to request a shuttle pick-up

Airport Taxi Service: There is regular taxi service that operates on the ground floor of the terminal. Tickets can be purchased for the kiosk that is located on the ground floor of the terminall. A one-way fare to the Wake Forest campus ranges from $40 to $50. Hiring a tax will be the more direct way to arrive on campus.


PTI Airport/Greensboro

If you will be arriving late in the evening, you may want to spend the night in the Greensboro area. There are several hotels located near the PTI Airport. Most of these hotels provide shuttle service to and from the airport.

Greensboro Marriott Airport
1 Marriott Drive , Greensboro, NC
(336) 852-6450
(located across the street from the airport terminal)

Best Western Greensboro Airport
800 National Service Road , Greensboro, NC
(336) 454-0333

Comfort Suites
(336) 882-6666
7619 Thorndike Road , Greensboro, NC

Motel 6 Greensboro Airport
(336) 668-2085
605 South Regional Road, Greensboro, NC

Days Inn
501 Regional Road So., Greensboro, NC,

Winston-Salem Hotels

Crossland Hotel
(336) 759-7780
7910 North Point Boulevard
(Within walking distance of the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus)

Quality Inn
(336) 767-9009
5719 University Parkway

Sundance Plaza Hotel and Suites
3050 University Parkway
(Within walking distance of the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus)

Courtyard by Marriott
3111 University Parkway
(Within walking distance of the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus)