Entering the United States

IEP studentsWe recommend the following for international students entering the United States:

1. Hand carry (do not check) the following documents:

  • Your passport with F-1 visa stamp
  • Your SEVIS form I-20 Important Note: If you are a new international student, remember to carry with you the sealed envelope given to you by the U.S. Department of State's Consular Officer and attached to your passport. It is important that you do not open this envelope.
  • Evidence of financial resources (usually a bank letter or scholarship letter)
  • Evidence of student status, such as tuition receipts, transcripts and letter of acceptance
  • Paper receipt for the SEVIS fee
  • The name and contact information of the Intensive English Program
  • Your address in the United States, even if only a hotel
  • (Electronic I-94 - the customs agent will see this in the computer system)

2. Inform the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at the port of entry that you will be a new or returning international student in the United States. The immigration official should stamp "F-1 D/S" on your passport and I-20, and return all your documents to you.

3. Report to the Intensive English Program on the start date indicated in section 5 of your form I-20 and maintain contact with the Associate Director for the duration of your studies at the IEP.

Ground Transportation

Most IEP students stay in a hotel for their first few days in Miami until they find a place to live. If you need to travel from Miami International Airport to a hotel or other destination in Miami, we are happy to help you schedule an airport pickup service at the Miami International Airport. We recommend Airport Super Express. The pickup service will cost $60 and is nonrefundable.

A taxi from the airport to the Coral Gables area will cost you around $20-25 dollars. It is common practice in the U.S. to tip taxi drivers about 10% of the bill. There is a taxi stand at the Miami airport. However, the shuttle option is helpful if you want someone to meet you at baggage claim and if you are very nervous about your English ability.

Airport Pick Up Service

The Intensive English Program can arrange your airport pickup service from the Miami International Airport. The pickup service costs $60; it must be prepaid and is non refundable. If your flight is delayed the pickup service is not guaranteed.