Arriving in the United States

Port Of Entry, Immigration, And Customs

At your port of entry into the United States, there will be a Customs inspection and Immigration process. The Immigration Officer will check your passport, Visa Certificate, and I-20 form. Customs officials will ask about the things you are bringing in to the U.S.

Upon arrival, or on the plane to the United States, you will be asked to complete immigration and customs forms, including Form I-94. Make sure the information you provide on the I-94 is the same as on your SEVIS documentation and passport. Form I-94 is an important document showing that you have been legally admitted to the United States and it will be endorsed by an Immigration Officer. Keep this document in your passport at all times. If you land by air or by sea, you will no longer receive a paper I-94 card, but will instead be handed a flier with information on how to access your I-94 information.

Note: We recommend that you carry copies of your admission letter from Regis College and Certification of Finances in case you are asked for them. It is also a good idea to bring a copy of your immunization record.

After passing through Immigration, you will collect your luggage and proceed to the Customs area. Customs officers will ask you to declare what you have brought into the country, and may inspect your bags. Customs regulations prohibit travelers from bringing perishable food, narcotics, agricultural goods, and items for resale into the United States ( If you plan to bring prescription medications, have your prescriptions written in English in case they need to be declared.

Note: Leave things at home that you can easy buy in the U.S., such as notebooks, pens, toiletries, towels, and bed linens. These items will take up valuable space in your luggage

Air Travel

The majority of international students that come to Regis College fly to Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS). Students can also use T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, Rhode Island or Manchester Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH by making connections from Chicago, Philadelphia, and other U.S. cities. Each airport is just about an hour’s ride from the Regis campus; however, Logan is a much larger airport with more flight options which are often less expensive.

Travel Safety

Regis College is in Weston, Massachusetts is located in a peaceful, safe, and secure community. If you are traveling alone and arrive in the U.S. at a large international airport, you should take care and be mindful of your surroundings. Please do not leave your luggage unattended as it may be confiscated by security officials (or simply disappear). Long flights can lead to “jet lag” and the process to clear Customs and Immigration can be tiring. Unless you have made special arrangements to be met at the airport ahead of time, do not follow anyone who knows your name or can speak your language

David Crisci

Director, Center for Global Connections

Regis College International Student Services: Arriving in the United States