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ISSS – Traveling to the USA

Students in Homecoming Parade

Homecoming, Parade, joyful bronco moments, Photo by Annelise Woodward

Your I-20/DS-2019 indicates that you are required to enter the United States before orientation starts. Please plan your travel accordingly. You can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date of orientation.

The 30-day rule does not apply if you are transferring to Boise State University from another U.S. college, university, language school or high school, and if you are remaining on the same SEVIS record. However, you must re-enter the U.S. using your Boise State University I-20/DS-2019 if you leave the U.S.

You will be required to present the I-20/DS-2019 form and evidence of finances to immigration officials upon entry to the U.S. Please keep your passport, I-20/DS-2019 and financial support documents in a safe place.  Please travel with them in your hand baggage.

What should I expect at immigration?

When you arrive in the U.S. you will go through immigration.  Please be ready to provide these items to immigration officials:

  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • F-1/J-1 visa, unless exempt from visa requirements (Canadian citizens). For initial entry, the name of the school on the F-1/J-1 visa stamp must match the name of the school on I-20/DS-2019
  • Evidence of financial support, including the same financial support information used to obtain the F-1/J-1 visa
  • I-20/DS-2019

Final Destination is the Boise Airport (BOI)

    The Boise Airport (BOI) is a small international airport located less than 4 miles and 10 minutes from campus. The airport is serviced by connector flights from various port of entry cities throughout the U.S. Be sure to have your flight tickets routed through to Boise, Idaho when making your air ticket arrangements.

Airport Arrival

  • Arrival days for Spring 2018 is January 3rd.
  • We can meet you at the airport! If you wish to be greeted at the airport, please share with with us your arrival information by filling our the arrival form. A staff members form the Center for Global Education will be happy to meet you and assist you find local transportation to your on-campus or off-campus housing location. Please have around $20 in cash to pay your taxi. Don’t forget that in the U.S. taxi drivers expect a tip. (For example, if the fare is $15, you would give the driver a $1.50 tip.)
  • There are plenty of ground transportation from the airport. There are plenty of taxis available (cost will vary depending on your destination; to campus is about $15.00). You can also use Uber or Lyft, for which you will need a functioning smart phone and an account with these apps. Finally, you can also ride a bus. The cost is approximately $1.00 and service runs every 20 minutes from 5:55am to 8:15am AND every 40 minutes from 8:15am to 5:55pm on weekdays. On Saturday, the service runs every hour from 8am to 6pm on Saturdays. There is no bus service on Sundays. For more information, please check the bus schedule.

Hotel Information

    If you arrive for orientation and do not have not yet arranged for on or off-campus housing, you may wish to stay in a local hotel or hostel until you decide where you will live. There are many hotels within convenient walking and driving distance to the Boise State campus. Some hotels will offer a Boise State rate to students and may offer shuttle service to and from the Boise Airport or Boise State campus. Please ask if a Boise State rate is available and about shuttle services when making your reservation.