Advice for International Travelers Entering the United States

While the overwhelming majority of international travelers to NYU arrive without any unexpected complications, it is important to keep mind the following information and advice should you encounter any challenges. 

Make sure you have appropriate visas and/or other entry documents with you prior to arriving in the United States.

  • If you are a student, please consult the OGS Travel and Visitors page for a full listing of documents you should have with you when you travel.
  • If you are a visiting faculty member or researcher, we recommend you carry all documents as listed in the Travel Information page for international faculty and research scholars.

If you are pulled aside for additional questioning while being processed by Customs and Border Protection:

  • Be sure to treat the officer with respect.
  • It is advisable not to sign any papers – other than those that are clearly routine, such as a customs declaration form -- that you are given without first speaking to an attorney. Depending on what you sign, it could complicate future entry into the United States.
  • If you are detained, or are asked to sign something prior to being released, ask if you may make a phone call. Please note that you may not be allowed to do so, but you should be sure to ask.

    • If you are permitted to make a call, call your US-based attorney (if you have one).
    • If you don’t have an attorney in the US, please call NYU Public Safety, 24/7 at 212.998.2222. They will then make immediate contact with University administrators who will try to resolve your situation.

NYU Travel Monitor Program

During the course of the academic year, students, scholars, and faculty who are concerned about facing challenges entering the United States may sign up for Travel Monitor Program. The program pairs travelers with NYU student volunteers who will alert NYU Public Safety if it appears that the traveler has been detained beyond typical inspection times at the border.

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