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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. It is a small white card that is normally stapled inside your passport. It is evidence that you have entered the country legally.

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 arival

At the airport: 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.

From the airport to the seminary: Upon arrival in the U.S., your first problem will be to get to the campus. If you fly into Raleigh/Durham International Airport, which is about a 45- minute drive from Southeastern, there are a number of transportation options available. Renting a car is not recommended. A taxi is convenient, but extremely expensive.

By far, the best method is to arrange with the seminary to have someone meet you at the airport. This will most likely be the International Student Worker. You will receive information and be contacted by this Student Worker while you are still in your home country if you have e-mail. Southeastern can also provide this service if you notify the International Student Office (weekdays 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.), at least two weeks in advance of your arrival, telling us your airline, flight number, and arrival date and time.

Accommodations: 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. The Seminary is open during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 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. The International Student Worker will be available to assist you in finding housing.

Follow the arrival checklist

  • Check in with International Student Services. Bring passport, immigration documents, and I-94 card.
  • Attend the International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation
  • Open a bank account.
  • Sign up for health insurance.
  • If you will be working, apply for a Social Security card 10-14 days after arrival in the U.S.
  • Check with the Student Life Office for activities for new students.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for help. Southeastern's staff is here to help you but you must ask for help.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Post Office Box 1889
  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
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  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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