After arriving at your point of entry, you will need to present your Form I-94 and CF- 6059 to a Customs and Border Patrol Officer, as well as your passport and any other documents he or she requests. The officer will question you to ensure your reasons for entering the United States are valid. Don’t worry! You have already been carefully screened by a visa officer so this should not be an issue, as long as you have all your paperwork available. You will be questioned about your final destination and the purpose of your visit. Simply explain that you will be a student or exchange visitor and will be studying at a university. Be prepared to tell the officer the name and address of the school in which you are enrolled, as well as the program you will be studying.
When you reach your destination, contact your designated school official to let him or her know that you have arrived and to report to your school. If you do not follow this rule, you are not maintaining your student status. While You Are Here While you are attending school and living in the United States, you may be permitted to conduct certain normal activities, such as driving and working. Applying for a Social Security Number. If you are interested in working in the United States or driving (please see below for more information), you may be required to obtain a social security number . In order to apply for a number, begin by speaking to your DSO. He or she will be able to help you complete the process and provide letters of recommendation, if necessary. Your DSO will ensure that you are in Active status as a student before applying for a social security number. After waiting ten days after arriving in the United States, you may apply for a social security number by visiting your local Social Security Administration office . You will need to show documents to prove your age, identity, and work-authorized immigration status. Driving. You may be able to obtain a legal driver’s license while you are an active student in the United States and present the appropriate and proper documentation to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the state in which you live. The application process for a driver’s license varies by state, but the process is fairly similar. Your DSO will help you with the process, which includes learning USA driving rules and regulations, making sure your student status is listed as Active, waiting an appropriate length of time, registering for a social security number (if required by your state), and submitting proper documentation. You will be required to pass both a driving and written test. Working. While attending school, you may be permitted to work up to 20 hours a week while school is in session (you may work more hours when school is not in session). Please be aware though that the USA government takes working illegally very seriously and should you not complete the proper process to legally work in the US, you risk losing your status as a student immigrant.
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