Getting to NYU from the Airport (Fall 2019) – A Message from OGS

Welcome to NYU! We at the Office of Global Services (OGS) are here to assist you with all immigration-related matters. We provide students support so you can arrive in the country with proper documentation, keep your status legal in the US, and adjust culturally.This message is the first of an email series just for new international students. They will contain very important immigration information and resources to help you acclimate to NYU and to the US. So, stay on the look-out for future emails!As you prepare to come to New York, here are some helpful tips on planning your trip and on getting through immigration at the border.
Apply for your student visa!
Check out our upcoming information sessions where you can learn about the process to get a US student visa, what to expect for the day of your visa interview, possible outcomes of your student visa application, and resources to turn to if your application is delayed or denied. These are all happening online, so register for an upcoming session now! Sign up by clicking on a date that works best for you. All webinars take place at 9:30 AM EST.

July 5
July 19

If you’re unable to tune into one of our webinars, or simply would like more guidance and clarity about the process, explore our student visa resource page for further instruction and resources including video walkthroughs, country-specific tips, and general recommendations. Additionally, be sure to review our information on what to do if your visa application is delayed or denied.
Enter the US no more than 30 days in advance!Enter the country no earlier than 30 days before and no later than your beginning date, indicated on your I-20/DS-2019. We understand that you may want to arrive earlier to prepare for school, however, US law prohibits you from doing so. The only exception is for students who have transferred from another US school.
Talking to a US Immigration OfficerIt’s helpful to be polite. Keep these documents in your carry-on (not in your checked luggage) and show the officer your:

Passport (bottom left),
– F-1 or J-1 visa
I-20 if you’re an F-1 student
– OR DS-2019 if you’re a J-1 student (top right)
And in case the officer wants more information from you, have a copy of:

Your NYU admission letter
Financial documents showing you can afford the upcoming year at NYUProof that you paid the SEVIS fee
OGS contact information

Never enter as a tourist when you’re entering the US as a student at NYU. Always enter as an F-1 or J-1 student.
Getting from the airport to your destination in New YorkMake a plan for how to get to your New York destination before you leave for New York. If arriving at one of the three major airports in the New York area, you can choose to take a bus, subway, or train. We recommend you sign up for NYU’s shuttle service for direct transportation from JFK or LaGuardia to the NYU area. Typically you must reserve this service by the end of August. Revisit their webpage in early July for exact details regarding their inbound shuttle service, including the reservation deadline and service dates. Taking a yellow cab (which you’ll find at the airport) or using other car services like Lyft or Gett will be another convenient option.
Check out ground transportation info at your arrival airport:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey 
Got questions? We’ve got answersHear from current international students about the best ways to prepare for your transition into NYU life during one of our upcoming webinars! These 90 minute chats will give you a jumpstart on understanding what to expect your first few weeks on campus, and the opportunity to ask any burning questions you have about NYU life. 

All webinars take place at 9:30 AM EST Register for one of these sessions below:

July 16
July 26
August 9

For more tips to prepare for your arrival, visit our Plan Your Trip page or talk to fellow international students on our community Facebook group. For reliable immigration updates, fun events, and workshop dates for things like employment and cultural adjustment, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

If you have questions and concerns regarding visa and immigration, refer to our website or contact us.

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