I-20 ID Copy is on page 3 of your I-20 Form. Upon entry into the United States, an immigration officer will stamp the first page and return it to you. Your original I-20 ID and any additional I-20 Forms issued to you become the permanent record of your periods of stay in the United States.
I-94 Departure Record & Retrieval
Beginning on April 30, 2013 many U.S. ports of entry immigration officers began completing the I-94 electronically, which used to be a white paper card. However you may still receive the card stapled to your visa page in your passport by an immigration officer. I-94 records the length of your authorized stay in the U.S.
For F-1 Student Visa holders, I-94 is usually marked as F-1 "D/S" or "Duration of Stay," which means you have permission to remain in the U.S. for the length of your program as stated on your I-20 or DS-2019 (formally IAP-66), as long as you are fully engaged in studies. It is important that the information on your I-94 matches that in your passport, and that you enter the U.S. with F-1 student status.
If you have any questions about the required documents you need, please contact the Office of International Student Services.
Health Care & Insurance
In June 1985, the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees passed a resolution making health insurance mandatory for all international students enrolled at a SUNY campus.
This is also mandatory for all American students enrolled at SUNY campuses as well as for any students traveling abroad on approved SUNY academic programs and exchanges. Health insurance provides medical coverage to individuals up to a certain standard. This is necessary in case of illness, accidents or even just routine doctor's visits.
All international students with F-1 or J-1 Student Visa categories and other non-immigrant visa categories are required to enroll in this SUNY- mandatory policy or other insurance.
International scholars with J-1 exchange/visitor, researcher, and professor visa categories are also required to enroll in this policy. More Information can be found at: International Student Insurance.
Please note: If you or your spouse is pregnant and traveling to Brockport, please consult the Office of International Student Services about insurance coverage before you arrive in the United State. It is likely that the cost of delivery and pre/post-natal care will not be covered by the mandated insurance plan.
1. Required Immunization
New York State Public Health Law requires all students to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Other immunizations against infectious diseases are strongly recommended such as tetanus, diphtheria, polio, Hepatitis B, and meningitis.
Tuberculosis screening, with mantoux ppd, should be done prior to arrival at SUNY- Brockport. For more information, please visit the Student Health Center.
2. Student Health Center
SUNY- Brockport's Student Health Center provides medical care and educational programming to all registered students of SUNY- Brockport. Visits are free for students who have paid the mandatory student health fee (which is separate from insurance). The center is regularly staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners, and their medical services include physicals, immunizations, treatment of illnesses and infections, over-the-counter remedies and more.
The Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays during the academic year (Summer hours vary). Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-in appointments are available between 8 a.m. to 11a.m. Check details at Hours of Operation.
Banking & Financing
Once you get to Brockport and begin to settle into your first year of school, you will probably find that you want to open a bank account with a U.S. bank. It is possible to transfer or wire money, but establishing connections with a U.S. bank is helpful in ensuring you have access to your money whenever you need it.
You will have the option to open a local bank account during International Student Orientation with Chase Bank.
1. Banking Options
There are a lot of options when it comes to banking in the United States. With numerous banks to choose from, it is important to choose one in Brockport as opposed to one located in New York City or another major U.S. city.
In order to transfer money to the U.S., you can instruct your bank to issue a foreign draft on a U.S. bank located in Brockport. It takes time for these drafts to clear, and different locations in the United States have different clearance times, which could result in a delay of up to three weeks before funds are available to you. That is why it is recommended to establish relations with a bank in Brockport. You will want to avoid any unnecessary delays in your finances upon arriving at school.
2. Opening an account
If you are thinking to open a bank account by yourself with your preferred bank, here's information for you. In order to open a bank account in the United States, you will need to provide proof of identification. When you go to the bank to open the account, bring whatever funds you plan to deposit in the account your passport, your I-20 form and your student ID card from SUNY - Brockport. All banks have different policies for opening new accounts and may ask for additional identification.
What To Pack?
Moving to a new country can be a challenging experience. The information below might help you to better decide some of the items you should bring from home and what you should plan to purchase once you have arrived to campus.
Here are a few things you should plan to keep in your purse or bag:
Money: Plan to travel with a small amount of U.S. currency (preferably bills such as $1, $10, and $20. $50 and $100 bills, if necessary). While ATMs and banks will likely be available at the airport, it is wise to bring some cash with you, if possible, for tipping, snacks or small purchases.
Immigration Documents: Your passport, F-1 visa, I-20 form and financial documentation will be necessary in order pass through customs. Be sure to pack those documents in your carry-on where they are easily accessible.
Contact information: Bring contact information (address and telephone number) for the Office of International Student Services in case you run into any problems upon arriving in the United States. You should also write down the name and address of your residence hall or your off-campus apartment.
Medications: If you have medications that need to be taken on a daily basis, be sure to pack them in your carry-on baggage in case your checked luggage is lost or delayed in arriving.
Here is an idea of some things you might want to plan to bring from home:
Clothes: Most students do not dress formally for class, except on special occasions. Clothing such as T-shirts, jeans (slacks or long pants) and shirts are acceptable for both men and women (Check American Culture & Customs)Winter clothing: Winters in Brockport can get rather cold with temperatures dropping below 10°F (-12°C). It is recommended that you bring a heavy coat at least as well as with your choices of winter boots, waterproof gloves and a hat for these months.
Bedding and towels: While you can purchase much of this once you arrive, it may be beneficial to pack bedding (sheets and a pillowcase) as well as a towel and washcloth to use during your first night in Brockport. SUNY-Brockport works with Dorm-In-A-Box to help you have all of your essentials waiting for you in your dorm when you arrive. Click HERE to learn more about this great service.
To find out more about items that you should and should not bring with you to campus, please refer to the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities' Survival Guide- Helpful Information for Students.