Arrival in the United States
Most GPC students arrive at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Click here for more information about the Atlanta airport!
BEFORE LANDING IN THE UNITED STATES
Shortly before landing, the crew of the aircraft will begin handing out arrival forms, and will probably show you a short film telling you how to fill out both forms. The long white form is the I-94 Arrival/Departure Card, and the smaller paper form is a Customs Declaration. Follow the instructions carefully, and answer each question honestly and completely. You should place both of these forms in your passport so that they are handy after you land.
AFTER LANDING IN THE UNITED STATES
When you leave the airplane, follow directions for non-citizen entry.
Normally, there are two lines, one for US citizens, and one for non-citizens. The line can be very long if there are several international flights arriving at the same time. Please be patient, and do not cross the yellow line until the immigration official tells you to step up to the counter.
At the airport,a U.S.official will interview you and verify all of your paperwork.
need to show the immigration official your passport, visa, and I-20 form, as
well as the I-94 Arrival/Departure Card you filled out in the airplane. The
immigration official may ask you some questions about your reasons for coming
officers will require you to have your two index fingers scanned and a digital
verify your identity at the port of entry. Visas are required for most
students, business travelers (depending on their length of stay) and millions
of other visitors, regardless of where they live. Currently, US-VISIT
will not enroll visitors seeking admission under the Visa Waiver
Program. However, by
Once admitted,you will receive an immigration stamp in your passport and on your I-20. The officer will also stamp the I-94 card, and will return the bottom of the card to you. THIS CARD IS VERY IMPORTANT! KEEP IT IN YOUR PASSPORT! DO NOT LOSE IT!
After Immigration control, you will walk to the baggage claim area, where you will pick up your baggage, then you must take your baggage through the US Customs Control counter.
Customs Service is specifically interested in two things: the value of goods
you are bringing into the
After you are finished
with Customs, you are officially in the
If you have a connecting flight to another city, you should re-check your luggage after Customs, and follow directions to find your airplane.
If you arrive in
Special Notice to Students in F1 Status!
You must report to the office of International Student Admissions and Advising on the Clarkston Campus as soon as possible after your arrival! Bring your passport, I-94, and I-20 form with you! We will report to the Department of Homeland Security that you have arrived at GPC. At that time, we will advise you about placement testing, orientation, registration, and the required F1 Student Information meetings.