You will be on the top of the world after having getting admission in one of the best B-Schools in your dream destination, the United States. Whether you start your journey in the US in a roller coaster ride or a smooth sail will rely on your interaction with the every first person you will meet on arrival to the nation. Without any choice, the first person you will meet is the Officer from Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This guy you will be meeting will be a skilled person and will be well-aware of his job. His first and foremost concern will be the security of his nation and you will have to maintain your cool until the guy checks your name against different data sheet he has on his computer. Remember that you should try to understand the things from the point of view of the immigration officer. For this officer, you are an alien and all he wants is that all your documents should be in the right shape to allow you into his motherland.
Remember that any answer you give to this officer should be in resonance with the ones that you have affirmed to the US counselor officer. The important thing to remember here is that any contradictions in your answers will take you to grueling interrogations. Here are some tips that will help your immigration for your dream destination hassle-free:
Keep all your documents ready:
When you board your flight to the US, you will be given a set of customs and immigration documents. Before you enter the destination airport, ensure that the customs declaration form is filled completely. If you are a student with F-1 Student visa, you will be allowed to enter the nation only 30 days before the beginning of your course. When you alight from the flight, it is important to ensure that all the documents mentioned below are ready with you:
- Your passport with a validity of at least six months from the date of arrival to the country.
- I-20 from the university that you are going to attend
- F-1 Visa
- Receipt of your fee payment
- Documents that support the financial stand of your sponsor to finance your course for the first year.
Immediately after landing from the plane, head straight to the international arrivals, customs and immigration section and here you should be self-assured and should look confident about your next step. The reason is that if your face looks apprehensive, the officers might get suspicion on you. Be watchful of each and every movement around you and do not motivate your temptation to capture a selfie in front of the airport as it may lead to interrogation and even the officers might take away your mobile phone.
Remember to send your baggage to the customs and when staying in the lane meant for foreign citizens stay calm and complete the formalities with confidence before you head to the school, where you have got admission for the study abroad programme.