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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Port of Entry

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Entering the U.S.

A visa allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad, to travel to the United States port-of entry and request permission to enter the U.S. Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. Student visitors must have their Form I-20 in their possession each time they enter the United States. In advance of travel, students should review important information about Admissions/Entry requirements, as well as information related to restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products or other restricted/prohibited goods explained on the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection website. Upon arrival (at an international airport, seaport or land border crossing), you will be enrolled in the US-VISIT entry-exit program. If you are allowed to enter the U.S., the CBP official will determine the length of your visit on the Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94). Since Form I-94 documents your authorized stay in the U.S., it’s very important to keep in your passport.

For more information about what to expect at the U.S. Port of Entry, view the ICE Fact Sheet

The main airport is St. Paul/ Minneapolis International airport (MSP), one of the nation's busiest airports. When your flight arrives at the international terminal, you should expect to spend at least two hours retrieving your luggage and getting through immigration. This is a total of 3.5 hours minimum from landing to arrival at MSU.

If you are entering the United States at a different location than St. Paul/ Minneapolis, please make sure to allow sufficient time for connecting flights. It takes another 90 minutes to get to MSU.