Getting to Emory
When making your travel plans, note that J-1 scholars cannot enter the United States more than 30 days before the start date on their DS-2019. Your start date is the latest day that you can arrive.
H-1B, O-1, and TN scholars should arrive in the US no earlier than 10 days before their start date. You can arrive after your start date, but you should have a letter from Emory stating that it's OK for you to arrive late.
If you are unable to enter the US by your start date, please notify ISSS as soon as possible.
Follow the signs for Immigration, and have these documents ready to show the immigration officer:
- DS-2019 or I-797
- Letter from your hiring department
- J scholars: SEVIS fee payment receipt and documents showing your financial support
- TN scholars: you should also bring these documents.
If you are a J-1 scholar, when the immigration officer returns your documents to you, your passport should contain an arrival stamp noting your visa status as well as "D/S," meaning you have been admitted for the duration of your status. Please check that the stamp was annotated correctly before you leave the officer's desk.
If you are in H-1B, O-1, or TN status, the immigration officer will mark a specific end date on your passport, which indicates how long you can stay in the US in that visa status. It should be the same as the end date on your I-797 approval notice or your TN employment letter.
Go through US customs inspection, then get on the shuttle for Baggage Claim and Ground Transportation to pick up your baggage. Shuttles arrive every 60-90 seconds.
This entire procedure can take up to 2 hours.
By taxi: Taxi fare from the airport is approximately $35–$50. The drive to campus takes about 1 hour during weekday rush hour (7–9 a.m. and 3:30–7 p.m.).
By shuttle: Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle provides shuttle service to and from the airport for approximately $20 one way or $35 round trip, but you will need to make a reservation. Their shuttles are located in stalls F11 and F12, across from the taxis, when you exit the airport.
By MARTA: There is a MARTA station inside the airport, and you can purchase a ticket for $2.50 at the machines by the MARTA entrance. Take any train northbound to Lindbergh Station, which will take about 30 minutes. These trains run every 15–20 minutes. View train schedules >>
At Lindbergh Station, transfer to the #6 Emory bus. The bus ride from Lindbergh to Emory takes about 20 minutes.