If you are a student who plans to arrive later than the date listed on your I-20 or DS2019, you must receive prior approval by our International Programs Office in order to do so.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will question your late arrival, and in certain instances they may require you to have written permission from the institution in order to arrive late. In any case, your latest permissible arrival date is 3 days after the start date listed on your immigration document. If you are unable to arrive before the late arrival date, you will need to defer your enrollment to the next semester.
If you are granted permission from the International Programs Office to arrive 3 days late, make sure you have our written permission along with your other immigration documents when you go through Customs. Do not plan to arrive late without notifying the International Programs Office.