Check with your travel agent or the airline that issued your ticket for details on how many bags you can check in and how many you are allowed to carry on with you. There are also strict weight limitations on some international flights.
Arrival at U.S. Port of Entry
You will go through an immigration check and customs clearance at the port of entry into the U.S. Plan on a delay of at least one or two hours for this process, especially if you have a connecting flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Even if the process seems long and tiring, it is important to remain friendly, polite, and completely honest. Your fingerprints and photograph will also be taken at this time.
Documents to be Submitted and Retained
At the immigration checkpoint you must submit the following documents:
- Passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry
- Valid Visa
- Valid I-20 form
- I-94 Arrival/Departure record card (received on the airplane before landing)
Note: A student bringing prescription medication into the U.S. should bring a letter from the physician stating what is is, what the medical condition it is for, and the quantity in their possession. Be aware that some medications used in other countries are considered illegal in the U.S. and are not permitted and, therefore, may be confiscated. Check with the U.S. embassy or consulate regarding such items.
When leaving the immigration check station, make sure you have the following in your possession:
- Passport with U.S. visa
- I-94 Arrival/Departure record (stamped with date and place of entry)
- I-20 form (stamped with date and place of entry)
- Any additional letters of documents relating to financial support, scholarships, prescription medications, etc., presented to the officials. (You may want to have extra copies in case the officials need to keep the copy you present.)
Student Visit Program [doc] – Document directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection website
At the customs clearance point you will be asked to declare the amount of money and value of items that you are bringing into the country. You will receive a declaration form before the airplane lands. It is most important to be truthful in your declarations. You should check with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for current information concerning customs regulations.
Certain items are prohibited or restricted. Information listing such items is available from the U.S. embassy of consulate.
Transportation Within the U.S.
If your travel plans require you to have a layover at a port of entry city such as New York or Los Angeles, please be careful. While most Americans will be helpful and honest, there is possibility of a dishonest person trying to take advantage of you being a stranger in the city. If you plan to stay overnight in the city, ask about shuttle service from the airport to the hotel when you make your reservation. Free transportation from the airport to the hotel may be provided by the hotel. If you need to use a taxicab, use only those clearly marked as a taxi with a properly identified driver. Be sure you know the cost of the ride before you get into the taxi.
Transportation to SAU
When making your travel plans, you must schedule your arrival into Texarkana Regional Airport (TXK). If you have properly notified the International Student Office (ISO) about your arrival, someone from the ISO will pick you up from the airport and bring you directly to the campus. You must contact the ISO at least one week prior to your arrival so arrangements can be made to pick you up. Last minute arrivals with no notice may be costly if no one is available to pick you up. Before you leave your home country, please use the following contact numbers to make pick up arrangements — (870)235-4146 or (870)235-4082. In addition, you can fax your itinerary to (870)235-5096 or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to give your arrival date and time. If you arrive after 5:00 P.M., or if your flight arrangements change, you should call (870)904-5918 for making pick up arrangements.