Understanding Your Immigration Documents

US law requires you to provide valid immigration documents when you enter the United States and to keep them in your possession at all times. We recommended that you carry copies of your documents with you while in the Atlanta area, and original documents whenever you're traveling outside Atlanta. Any time you receive a new document, please submit a copy to us through ISSS Link.

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                                            Passport

Passport

Your passport is your own government's permit for you to leave and re-enter your home country.

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                                            Visa

Visa

The visa is a color sticker pasted into your passport by the US consul abroad. It shows the classification status you will have when you're admitted to the US.

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                                            Form I-94

Form I-94

The I-94 arrival/departure record confirms that you have been admitted to the US.

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                                            Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)

This document certifies that you have met the requirements for admission to the university and that you have adequate financial resources.

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                                            Port of Entry Stamp

Port of Entry Stamp

Your port of entry stamp is issued when you enter the US and is usually placed on the page next to your visa.

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                                            SEVIS I-901 Receipt

SEVIS I-901 Receipt

This document is issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program when you pay your SEVIS fee.

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