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Arrival

CLICK HERE FOR SPRING 2018 ORIENTATION REGISTRATION

PLEASE NOTE - You will need your RIT username and password to log in and complete the registration form. If you have forgotten your password or need to set up your account please visit  https://start.rit.edu/

Once you are registered for orientation, you will be assigned a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL) who is a current RIT student assist you with everything you need to know about becoming a new RIT Tiger!!

Arriving in the United States for the first time is exciting but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Below you will find information to help you prepare for you first few days on campus.

Many of your questions will be answered in International Student Orientation. In fact, we have found that attending orientation can be one of the most important factors in an international student's successful transition to RIT. We also encourage you to read the tips in 5 Things International Students Should Do Upon U.S. Arrival from the August 2013 online edition of U.S. News and World Report.

The ISS staff is looking forward to meeting you!

When to Arrive

Before you make travel arrangements to come to the United States, make sure you understand when you must arrive in order to maintain your immigration status.

  • You must arrive in the United States no later than the official program start date indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to your official report date. Please note, however, that you will need to make arrangements for housing if you arrive before International Move-in Day.
  • International Move-In Day forr the Spring, 2018 semester is January 14, 2018. Please continue to check our Orientation site for details on the program.
  • International Move-in Day for the Fall, 2018 semester is August 18, 2018. Please continue to check our Orientation site for details on the program.
  • If you are beginning in another term, you should be on campus when your housing becomes available. (check with the Center for Residence Life for information). Please check the RIT calendar to determine your arrival date. You should not plan to arrive earlier than the indicated time frame.

The following resource provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be helpful to you: Study in the States Guide.

Entering the United States

Be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:

  • Passport
  • U.S. visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt

It is very important that you keep these documents in a secure location while traveling, such as your purse or travel bag. Do not place any personal documents in your luggage, as they may be lost during travel.

Review your immigration documents and those for your dependents before you leave the arrival station. If you notice any errors, notify an immigration officer immediately. Once you leave the Port of Entry, it can be difficult to correct errors on your documents. Immigration officers review thousands of documents a day, so mistakes are sometimes made.

Getting to RIT/Airport Pick-Up

RIT’s campus sits adjacent to the city of Rochester, located in the western part of New York State, about 585 km from New York City and 300 km from Toronto, Canada. For maps and directions to campus please visit http://www.rit.edu/maps/

Global Union provides transportation to the RIT campus from the Rochester airport for new fall semester students. Pickups depend on the time of arrival and availability of van drivers at that time. Details on the Global Union Airport Pick-Up Program will be available here in August, 2018.

 

Accommodations for Early Arrival

If you arrive before the offical move-in date please plan to stay at an area hotel.
List of area hotels.

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