You are eligible to enter the U.S. as early as 30 days prior to the start of your academic program as indicated in item 5 of your I-20 or item 3 of your DS-2019. You are expected to enter the U.S. in time to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation and the English Language Assessment Exam if you are an undergraduate student (new or transfer) or a graduate student with a language proficiency score under 600 (TOEFL paper-based test); 100 (TOEFL internet-based (IBT) version); 7.0 (IELTS); or attended Syracuse University’s English Language Institute.
If there is a situation that necessitates entering the U.S. after the program start date indicated on your document, please contact the Coordinator of International Education as you will require a new I-20 or DS-2019 with a later program start date to enter the U.S. (The latest date of entry a new document can be issued with for Fall 2013 is September 3, 2013.)
Upon arrival in Syracuse, NY, you must check-in at the ESF Office of International Education (302 Bray Hall--see map). Please bring a passport-size photo (if you have not already submitted one via email), a completed New International Student Check-In Form, and all of your (and your dependent’s) immigration documents (e.g., I-20/DS-2019, passport, I-94 card, visa) with you when you come to your check-in appointment. All of your documents will be scanned and an electronic student file will be created for you. Information about the new student arrival seminar and clearance process will also be provided.
All new international students are required to attend a MANDATORY International Student Orientation provided by SUNY-ESF's Office of International Education.
Please bring the following items from your Welcome Folder (obtained at the Office of International Education): your Clearance Form and the Acknowledgment of Responsibility for Maintenance of Lawful Immigration Status and Health Insurance Form (please be sure to sign the Clearance Form in the health insurance section and the Acknowledgement of Responsibility Form at the bottom) as both forms will be collected when you check-in to the orientation.
You must also attend the applicable college orientation: