international students - entering the us


Entering the United States

Once you have your visa, you are ready to enter the United States.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that initial students enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the starting date of study indicated on the I-20.  A student who wants to enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start of his or her program at LTU must qualify for and obtain a visitor visa and cannot begin studies at LTU until he or submits a Change of Nonimmigrant Status form and the change of classification is approved.

Hand-carry all of your documents, do not check your passport, visa, or I-20/DS 2019 in your baggage. 

At your port of entry, you will need to present the following documents to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer:

1.  Your Passport
2.  I-20 Form
3.  Arrival-Departure Record Form I-94 reflecting the address where you will reside in the U.S. (given to you by the flight attendant or CBP officer)
4.  Customs Declaration Form CF-6059 (again given during flight or available upon arrival in the U.S.)


It is important to tell the CBP officer that you will be a student and have the name and address of Lawrence Technological University (21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075) ready.  After your inspection, the officer will stamp your SEVIS form for a duration of status (D/S) and your Arrival-Departure Record Form I-94.  Your I-94 will include your admission number to the U.S. that will also be on your I-20.  You should keep all of these documents in a safe place during your entire stay in the U.S.

You must register for classes at Lawrence Technological University within 30 days of the starting date on your I-20.