What I Need When Arriving in the United States and at Dalton State

Complete the entry paperwork (Customs Declaration and Arrival Departure Record) in flight. If arriving by land or sea, you will complete these at the border crossing.

Present the following to the Customs Border Patrol (CBP) officer:

  • Passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Dalton State College
  • Arrival Departure Record (I-94)
  • Customs Declaration

Have other supporting documents (see checklist above) where you can easily access them in case the CBP officer requires additional documentation.

Check the CBP officer’s notations to your I-94, I-20 or DS-2019 and passport. Entry requirements differ greatly for the various visa categories and errors are occasionally made. These errors can create significant inconvenience for you later. If you see an error, politely ask to have it corrected before you leave. Otherwise, you will have to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, at a later date to correct the error. Atlanta is 2 hours from Dalton and there is no public transportation between these cities.

Verify that all documents received the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection stamp. Verify:

  • The arrival date is correct and legible and that it is the same date on all documents
  • The class was entered as “F-1 or J-1.”
  • A date was not entered beside “until.” It should be marked “D/S” for duration of status. However, if it was left blank, that should not create a problem.

Important: Secure your I-94 card in your passport. This document verifies that you legally entered the country and in which status you entered!

Arriving at Dalton State
Once arriving at Dalton State go to Enrollment Services and see the Admission Specialist. Bring your:passport, I-94 card, and I-20 or DS-2019. The Admission specialist will make copies of your documents and assist you with registering for New Student Orientation and schedule your International Student Orientation. Important: Both student orientations are mandatory and all International students are required to attend both sessions.

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
706.272.4436 • 1.800.829.4436 • www.daltonstate.edu