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Traveling to Southeastern

Pay Careful Attention to Your I-94 Card

The I-94 card is one of the most important immigration documents since it is what indicates your non-immigrant status in the U.S. and how long you may legally remain in the country for that particular trip. You can find your I-94 card online. 

It is very important to pay attention to what is written on this card when you enter the U.S. Before you leave the immigration area, be sure to check the status you have been given and the date you must depart.

If you find anything that appears to be in error, politely point it out to the immigration official. It is the date written on the I-94 and not the expiration of the visa stamp that controls how long you can remain in the U.S. A new I-94 card with a new date is issued each time a nonimmigrant legally enters the U.S.

Immediately Upon Arrival

Getting through U.S. Immigration and Customs can be a challenging experience. Allow approximately two hours for the process, though the time could vary. Make contact with us ahead of time so that we can be of help when you get to the Wake Forest area and can pray for you as you travel.

Upon arrival in the U.S. from Raleigh/Durham International Airport, our campus is about a 45-minute drive. Southeastern’s address is 244 North Wingate Street Wake Forest, NC 27587

The best method is to notify Southeastern well in advance, and we will try to arrange someone to meet you at the airport. This will most likely be someone in the International Student Services Office. You will receive information and be contacted by the International Student Services Office while you are still in your home country through e-mail. If you notify the International Student Services Office (weekdays 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.), at least two weeks prior to your arrival, telling us your airline, flight number and arrival date and time, we will do our best to arrange your transportation from the airport to Southeastern.

Make arrangements for your immediate requirements at least one month in advance of your arrival, if possible. You may need temporary housing and transportation to acquire basic necessities, such as food, upon your arrival. Southeastern is open during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) on weekdays. Plan to arrive during those times if possible. If you will be arriving on a weekend or evening, be sure to make advance arrangements with International Student Services.

  1. Check in with International Student Services. Bring passport, immigration documents and I-94 card.
  2. Attend the International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation
  3. Open a bank account.
  4. Sign up for health insurance. (If you have not already done so.)
  5. Check with the Student Life Office for activities for new students.
  6. Do not hesitate to ask for help. Southeastern's staff is here to help you, but you must ask for help.