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When to Enter the U.S.

Per federal regulations, exchange students holding J-1 Visas may enter the U.S. a maximum of 30-days prior to the start date of their academic programs.  Students attempting to enter more than 30-days prior to their program start date will be refused entry.  You can find your program start date located in box #3 of your Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, which is commonly referred to as a DS-2019 Form. Upon your acceptance to the exchange program, your DS-2019 form is mailed to your university's exchange coordinator. Please consult your exchange coordinator for the status of your DS-2019 form.

New exchange students are required to attend the International Student Orientation held the Tuesday before the start of classes each semester. 

Arriving at a U.S. Airport or Border Crossing

Always hand-carry your immigration documents. Do not check the following documents in your luggage. Your passport (valid for at least six months beyond the end date of your exchange program); your DS-2019 form; evidence of financial support; paper receipt for the SEVIS I-901 fee.  If Arriving By Air: Flight attendants will distribute Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059) and Arrival Departure Record Forms (I-94). These are completed prior to landing. If Arriving By Land or Sea: The necessary Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059) and Arrival-Departure Record Forms (I-94) to be filled out upon your arrival.  All visitors entering the United States must state their reason for wishing to enter the country. You will also be asked to provide information about your final destination. It is important that you tell the inspecting officer that you will be a student. You may be asked to write the address of CSULB.  Once your inspection is successfully completed, the inspecting officer will: stamp your DS-2019 Form and your Arrival-Departure Record Form (I-94) and staple it in your passport.


All nonimmigrant visitors holding visas -- regardless of race, national origin, or religion -- participate in the US-VISIT program, a comprehensive registration system tracking entries to and exits from the United States. Click HERE for more information on what to expect.

International Student Arrival Assistance Program - Program temporarily suspended

Through the International Student Arrival Assistance Program the CIE has a limited number of volunteers who are available to assist new exchange students upon their arrival.   If you are interested, we will try to arrange to have someone meet you at the airport upon your arrival and provide you with temporary housing for up to 3 nights.  To apply, simply follow the above link and complete the application.

Airport Ground Transportation

If you arrive via one of the local airports, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John Wayne Airport (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), etc., you can take a shared ride van (e.g., Super Shuttle, Prime Time Shuttle, etc.) to any destination in Long Beach. You do not need reservations to use a shared ride van. You can find these shared ride vans in the designated ground transportation areas just outside the baggage claim areas. Each van will have a sign on it indicating its destination. Make sure your van is going to Long Beach. You can ask where and when to board a shuttle van by using the courtesy phones available in the baggage claim areas. The cost is approximately $30 - $35 for transportation from LAX to Long Beach with an optional tip recommended for the driver. The shared ride van will take you to the destination you specify. You may also take a taxi, which will cost significantly more if you arrive at an airport other than Long Beach (LGB).