Arriving in the USA
At the U.S. Border
Please note: You may be refused entry into the United States if you arrive more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 form.
On the airplane, you will be given the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and CF-6059 Customs Declaration Form to complete.
In the U.S. airport, you will go through an immigration inspection. During the inspection, you must be able to present the following (keep this information available at all times -- do NOT check this with your baggage):
- I-20 or DS-2019 form (for your initial entry to the U.S., the I-20 that you used for your visa appointment must match the I-20 used for entry)
- Passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your expected stay)
- F-1 or J-1 student Visa (How do I apply for a visa?)
- I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
You might be asked also to present:
- Admission and financial documents
- Paper receipt for the SEVIS fee, Form I-797
- Name and contact information for your "Designated School Official"
Tell the inspector that you will be a student. (Be prepared to tell the name and address of Saint Louis University, also.) The inspector will stamp your I-20 or DS-2019, return it to you and staple the I-94 into your passport.
The I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94 are proof of your legal admission to the United States. Please keep these documents safe at all times.
FALL 2013 Airport Pick Up
New international students can be picked up at the St. Louis airport for the Fall 2013 semester on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18th. Please scan or forward your itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that the itinerary is in English. In the e-mail, please make sure that you include your full name and banner ID. We will confirm that we received your information by e-mail.
How do I find the SLU staff that will meet me? If you request airport pickup, a Saint Louis University staff member will meet you at St. Louis-Lambert Airport. The staff will wear Saint Louis University name tags and Saint Louis University signs. SLU staff is usually waiting by the baggage claim for your flight. SLU staff remains at the airport throughout the day and evening to meet students. If you are unable to locate a SLU staff member, you can go to the information desk to page a SLU staff member. Even if you are delayed a few hours, we will record this information and will meet you when you arrive.
Is there a number to call when I arrive? If you do not see SLU staff when you arrive or you arrive on a day that we are not picking up students, you can give our office a call at 1-314-977-2318 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST). If it is not during normal business hours and you feel unsure about what to do next, you can contact the department of Public Safety & Security Services at SLU by calling 1-314-977-3000. They will have instructions from our office concerning the next steps.
What if I am not arriving on the airport pick up days? If you plan to live on campus and your flight plans change dramatically due to delays and you cannot contact us about the changes or you will be arriving on another day, please plan on taking a taxi to Saint Louis University. A taxi to Saint Louis University from St. Louis-Lambert Airport will cost $50 USD. Many people find the taxi service to be reliable in the U.S. At Lambert Airport, the taxis are found in the garage on the same level as the baggage claim. If it is normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST), please come to the Office of International Services (3694 West Pine Mall, Des Peres Hall, Room 102). You can easily locate Des Peres Hall because the top of the building is surrounded by flags.
If your arrival is after 5:00 pm or before 9:00 am, please have the taxi take you to 3545 Lindell Blvd, go into the Wool Center Room 114, report to the Department of Public Safety & Security Services, and ask them for help in getting to your on-campus housing.
If you are not living on-campus or have not yet decided whether or not to live on campus, you should request that the taxi take you to a hotel near the campus. Click here for more information about hotels near campus.