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Make sure your transition to New York goes smoothly by reviewing these tips. We look forward to seeing you once you arrive!

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Tip 1

Notify the Office of Global Services if you are unable to enter the United States by the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.

For further details, review our page detailing how to submit your US entry plan information.

Tip 2

Enter the United States NO MORE THAN 30 DAYS in advance.

Enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before and no later than the beginning date indicated on your I-20/DS-2019. This is very important. While you may want to arrive sooner to find an apartment and prepare for school, US law prohibits you from doing so. The only exception is for students who have transferred their SEVIS record from another school to NYU.

Tip 3

Have your needed documents when arriving into the US.

You must present:

  • a passport valid at least six months into the future,
  • your F-1 or J-1 visa (if you are Canadian you do not need an F-1 or J-1 visa),
  • your I-20 or DS-2019 (F-1 students be sure to have a printed I-20 with you),
  • copies of your admission letter and financial documents, 
  • evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee,
  • evidence that your first semester in the US is not 100% online (you can request a letter from your academic department, print out your course schedule from Albert, and/or request a support letter from OGS), and
  • All air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must be fully vaccinated with an acceptable COVID vaccine.
    • The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that only vaccines approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.
    • There are limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement. The new policy indicates that all unvaccinated travelers – including travelers eligible for exceptions to the vaccine requirement – may be subject to stricter protocols.
    • For further details and information, visit the CDC website.
  • Effective January 5, 2023, all air passengers two years and older originating travel from the People's Republic of China are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline upon departure. Visit the CDC website for further details.

Tip 4

Know how to get from the airport to your NYC destination.

There are three airports in the New York area:

Before you arrive in NY, it is best to have a plan for ground transportation from the airport to your final destination. Options include taxis, car services, shuttle buses, subways, and trains. A convenient option would be by car, and yellow taxis, are usually less expensive than car services. You can check the airports' websites for more information. You can also read more on getting to NYU.