Choose Your Arrival Date

All new undergraduate students starting school in Fall 2016 are required to arrive at the UMN by Sunday, August 21, 2016.

If you need to secure off-campus housing, then you should arrive three weeks prior to the first day of classes so you have sufficient time to search for housing.

Choose your arrival date so you have enough time to:

  1. Rest up from jet lag
  2. Find permanent housing
  3. Remove holds preventing course registration
  4. Attend any required orientation sessions and complete your Immigration Check-In
  5. Register for classes
  6. Complete paperwork for on-campus employment and assistantships (if applicable)
  7. Take any necessary exams, such as English proficiency or SPEAK test
  8. Attend Graduate Assistantship training (if applicable)

Immigration regulations permit arrival to the U.S. up to 30 days before the start-date on your I-20 or DS-2019. If you are unable to arrive before the start date on your document contact ISSS for assistance.

Optional Programs

ISSS has scheduled several events in August for new international students. Consider if you would like to attend these programs when selecting your arrival date, and register now for these popular programs.

Students with Graduate Assistantships

The start-date for most graduate assistantships is at least one week earlier than the start of classes. You must be on campus and ready to begin working on this date. Therefore, you should plan to arrive a few days prior to your employment start date to ensure you have sufficient time to complete all of the necessary payroll procedures. Failure to begin working on the assistantship start-date may result in a loss of salary and a portion of your tuition and health care benefits. Your department may require you to arrive even earlier for a special orientation. Contact your department for more information about your assistantship.

Prepare for Inspection at the U.S. Port of Entry 

During your flight to the United States, flight attendants will give you a CBP Declaration Form 6059B to complete. Air (and sea) arrivals will have an electronic I-94 arrival record posted which will be available for printing after inspection at

Land border arrivals may require you complete a paper Form I-94 as an arrival record. When completing this paperwork, spell your name exactly as it appears on your passport or visa document.

You must present to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer your passport and entry visa, completed Declaration Form 6059B, and I-20 or DS-2019 document. You may be asked to show additional documents, such as your proof of financial support. Make sure to carry these documents with you, not in your checked baggage.

See for more port of entry information.


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