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 New International Student Orientation Arrival.
Entering the United States
The following resource provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be helpful to you: Study in the States Guide.
Be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:
- 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, such as your purse or travel bag, while traveling. 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.
Arriving at the U.S. Port of Entry
After you receive your visa, you may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date of your program. You must enter on or before the start date on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. While arriving early will allow you time to settle into the area before the start of school, keep in mind that on-campus housing may not be available immediately (see below for more details).
You can read more about what will happen at the Port of Entry at the ICE website.
Coming to Northfield
The closest airport to Norwich University is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, Vermont. This airport is approximately 50 miles (80 km) from Northfield. The International Center offers a free shuttle service to Norwich University from the airport. The shuttle will run on a pre-determined schedule on Arrival Day. You will need to confirm your travel plans with the International Center to take advantage of the shuttle (please see below). If you are not able to take advantage of our free shuttle service, please review the BTV website for other transportation options. Vermont Tour and Charter is another option.
Arrival on Campus
When you arrive at Norwich University on Arrival Day you will be greeted by the staff of the International Center. We will assist you with securing a key to your dormitory room and locating your dormitory and other important buildings on campus. We will also give you important information about the International Student Orientation, which will include a Check-In & Essentials Session required by the United States government.