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 (exception, Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa stamp in their passport to enter)*
- Proof of admission to Wake Forest Univerity
- Proof of finances
- Proof of SEVIS I-901 fee payment
*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.
If you do not have your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 with you when you arrive at a U.S. port of entry, you will most likely be temporarily admitted into the country for 30 days. You will be given Form I-515A and instructed to send in all necessary documentation to an office in Washington D.C. If you receive a Form I-515A, contact the International Students & Scholars division (ISS) immediately upon arrival to campus to ensure you receive the appropriate documentation to send to Washington D.C. in a timely fashion.
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.