Main Page Content

Before Arriving

I-20 ID Copy

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

sample I-94 Departure Record

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.

Most airport ports of entry now complete the I-94 electronically. However you may still receive the card stapled to your visa page in your passport by an immigration officer. The I-94 records the length of your authorized stay in the U.S. and records the dates and location each time you re-enter the United States.

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.

You can retrieve your I-94 Retrieval Number online here.

If you have any questions about the required documents you need, please contact the Office of International Student Services.

Health Care

  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

    Hazen Hall

    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 physicians, registered nurses and nurse practitioners. 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 semester 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 about opening 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.

Carry-on luggage:

Here are a few things you should plan to keep in your carry-on luggage:

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. This can be used for tipping, snacks or small purchases.

Immigration Documents: Your passport, F-1 visa, I-20 form and financial documentation will be necessary in order to 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 have any problems upon arriving into 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.

Checked luggage:


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.

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 as well as winter boots, waterproof gloves and a hat for these months. You will also be able to buy additional winter clothing once you arrive.

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 to use during your first night in Brockport.

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.

Last Updated 11/20/18

Close mobile navigation