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International Student and Scholar Services

Preparing for Your Arrival

At the Port of Entry

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

  • Passport
  • U.S. visa (unless visa exempt)
  • Original I-20 or DS-2019 
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt printout
  • University of Denver admission letter
  • Financial documentation used to obtain I-20 or DS-2019

It is very important that you keep these documents in a secure location while traveling, such as your purse or carry-on bag. Do not place any personal documents in your checked luggage.

At the Port of Entry, a Customs and Border Protection officer will review your documents and admit you to the United States. Below is an image of the stamp that will be placed in your passport. Interested in knowing what you can expect at the Port of Entry? Take a tour!

Once you have been allowed entry into the United States, 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. Custom and Border Protection officers review thousands of documents a day, so mistakes are sometimes made.

POE Stamp

I-94 Admission Record

You will be assigned an I-94 admission number by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon entrance into the United States. You can retrieve your I-94 number from the CBP website. Please print a copy to keep with your immigration documents. 

important Note

With a new emphasis on screening at the Port of Entry, your electronic devices (phone, tablets, computers) may be searched and you may be asked sensitive questions.

Please refer to American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Know Your Rights. Please also reach out to ISSS with any questions.