43 Things to Do After Receiving I-20

So, you received admission and at-least one I-20 from U.S. University. Final push to study in USA start after getting I-20 in your hand. Here is list of things you will do to reach USA.

  1. Received I-20 and Admission Letter
    1. Read and Understand every word in the I-20
    2. Determine total fees in I-20
    3. Find college start date in I-20
    4. Verify Your Name (spelling)
  2. Student Visa (F1)
    1. Prepare Visa Documents
    2. Move enough money in bank account(s)
    3. Get Student Loan (even if you don’t plan to use it)
    4. Pay HDFC Fees (India)
    5. Pay SEVIS Fees
    6. Book Visa Appointment
    7. Attend visa interview and get visa
  3. Try to find students going to same college  (HSB, Facebook, Orkut, ..)
  4. Arrange for Airport Pickup
  5. Arrange for Accommodation
  6. Convert Currency to US Dollars (DD, TC and some cash)
  7. Air Travel to U.S.A
    1. Book Flight tickets. [25 Air Travel Tips to USA]
    2. First time travelers, get Window Seat. [15 Last Minute Flight Travel Tips to USA]
    3. Try to book tickets in same flight with other students going to same school.
    4. Understand Flight and Transit Timings
    5. Buy stuffs for travel [List of Items for U.S. Travel]
    6. Pack your Suitcase [ How to Pack Suitcase]
    7. Pack required documents in Carry On baggage.
    8. Drink lot of fluids in flight [How to Avoid Jet Lag]
    9. Clear Immigration and Customs [Port of Entry Procedures in USA]
    10. Pick Up the Baggage
    11. Final destination is different from port of entry,
      1. Check in the Bags Again.
      2. Board the next flight
      3. If there is a delay, then inform pickup person.
    12. Wait for Pickup (or take cab)
    13. Enjoy your drive to campus
    14. Arrive at final place [10 things to do after landing in USA]
  8. Don’t sleep in day time after reaching U.S.
  9. Stay Safe in new place
  10. Everything around you will be different
  11. If you have sweets, give it to seniors who picked you from airport.
  12. Attend Mandatory Orientation for International Students
  13. Learn about courses and professors from Seniors
  14. Register for classes
  15. Start attending classes

If you have additional questions about the whole process, leave your comment below.


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  2. Sampada Deshmukh on May 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    How soon should I start accumulating money in the bank account? My visa interview date is 31May 2013. Can I put amount greater than 3 Lakhs in my account now? Will it raise any suspicion in the mind of VO?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      There is nothing you condo now. Start depositing money from now.

      • Sampada Deshmukh on May 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Actually Sir..
        I already have liquid assets of around 35L including loan of 25L.. i just wanted to confirm if I should go ahead with this deposition or not? Is 35L enough? Apart from loan the remaining 10L is including all the PF, PPFS, POLICIES and direct cash of around 5L..

        If it can cause suspicion i wont go ahead with this..

        • Raghuram Sukumar on May 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

          Please schedule consultation or join Fall 2013 consulting group.

  3. Debashis on April 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    Any body is going to Texas A&M, this august?

    • neha on May 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      I got texas A&M, kingsville along with sjsu… not sure which one to opt as i got conditional admit for sjsu.. do u know how is kingsville?

    • lalitha on May 17, 2012 at 5:16 AM

      hey i got for texas a&m-commerce

    • Manoj on April 2, 2013 at 5:31 AM

      Yeah…I am 🙂

    • Manoj on April 2, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      Hi… I am going man! Admitted to Petroleum Engg.

  4. dewellyn thomas on March 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    hey guys
    anyone goin to florida for flight training

  5. gbenga on June 21, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    i want to change the school that issued me i 20 on arrival,will that be posible?

  6. harshad agravat on May 27, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    hello everyone, i have applied at stevens and if i m getting the visa then i would be going to us for ms.. so if anyone is planning to go in stevens then i want to be his/her fnd.. plz add me on facebook.. my account is harshad agravat with ddlj photo..

  7. michael on May 25, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    please can anybody help me out with the basic rules and regulations during my interview with the us consulate.also anybody going to texas southern university?

  8. swetha reddy on May 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    hey everyone,
    Is anyone gng for FDU…?

  9. Arun Singh on May 25, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    Thumbs up to this article !! Nice piece of information

  10. Amrita Sen on May 25, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Thanks, the tips are really helpful. I would also like to know about the predeparture informations and the port of entry procedures

    • HSB on May 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM

      I believe those tips are also covered in the links within the above post.

      • vineet talwar on May 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        yeah man..!!! but this article is good. because all the links are in one article 😉

  11. Sri Falguni Emani on May 25, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    well, anyone from Troy university???? Alabama???

    • Rabiu on May 26, 2011 at 2:29 AM


  12. srikanth on May 24, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Can will i get an bank loan for my studies before getting the visa or after getting it?

    • Sri Falguni Emani on May 25, 2011 at 1:06 AM

      hey, u can apply for a loan , after getting your i-20, on the name of your father or guardian, you need to submit one of your property as assurance and xerox copies of your certificates. As you submit the papers it takes 2 weeks time to get a sanction letter of loan from the bank.

  13. Vignesh on May 24, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    The things mentioned are fairly well enough for a student. 🙂

  14. kwabena Adomako on May 24, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Please may i know the reasons why consulates do ask the following questions (1)How many universities applied for both admitted and rejected ?and if i applied for only one and admitted should i say one.(2)Why do they say that your selected university with low tuition fees and living expenses is not among the best in usa.

  15. HSB on May 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I understand that you have questions about Bank Balance, sponsor and F1 Answers. Most of your questions are answered in F1 visa guide.

    I will answer questions posted in private blog post (available to members who have purchased the book). You can buy the book here – http://goo.gl/zeypv

  16. ankit on May 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Can we deposit Bulk amount in our saving account 1 month before visa or will that be some suspicious act??
    i have liquidity of arond 30 lacs, but no land…
    N univ fees is around 30 lacs mentioned in I-20 (Tution + Living)

    Should I add some 4-5 lacs more to saving account.
    Also, Can I show my home during visa interview as Non-Fixed asset?

    • Sri Falguni Emani on May 25, 2011 at 1:27 AM

      hey, u can do the documentation , by a private financial advisor, i think he can guide you well, for that he charges around 20k but its worth

  17. Shruthi on May 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    hello, HSB

    I wanted to ask one thing… shud i pay sevis first or shud i submitt the DS-160 form? Plz inform me

    • Vignesh on May 24, 2011 at 11:06 PM

      Hi Shruthi,
      First pay sevis fee, then DS -160. btw what course and university ?

  18. reenukumar on May 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    its superb experience i must be able to have in 3more months waiting for that

  19. Hari Veturi on May 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Awesome! 😀 looking forward to implementing them 😉

  20. Shivani on May 24, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Is it necessary to have the amount mentioned on I-20 in your sponsor’s bank account or a bank certificate of fix deposits will work for getting visa?

    • Vignesh on May 24, 2011 at 11:13 PM

      Hi ! Bank statement with the I-20 mentioned fee amount is mandatory. Other assets are supportive to make a strong financial impression. By the way what course, which university have you applied for ?

  21. Shivani on May 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Can I change the university after getting visa or I have to get admitted to the one which I have mentioned for getting visa?

    • HSB on May 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      Procedure on how to do that have been posted within last 2 weeks.

  22. Shivkumar on May 24, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    I met a charted accountant,she says that there’s no need to take a bank loan.Is it mandatory to take loan from a nationalised bank for the visa purpose.

    • shubha on May 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      If u want to be on the safe side during the visa interview,i guess u shd take a loan evn if u dont have plans to use it.From what i have heard,a loan means two things to the consular officer :Firstly that u have enough funds and secondly that u are serious about studying in the US and have no other plans(acquiring a loan for a hefty amount involves going through a lot of trouble)

      • Vignesh on May 24, 2011 at 11:19 PM

        Hi !
        If no plans to use the loan amount, then why to take loan ? Loans doesn’t guarantee visa.

    • Vignesh on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM

      If you can show enough liquidity to support your education, then no need to take loan for visa purpose.

    • Vignesh on May 24, 2011 at 11:17 PM

      Your visa acceptance is in no way related to your loans. If you show 3 or 5 loans, then that doesn’t mean your visa is a sure shot !!!

      • Arnab Banik on May 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        One question regarding flight details.There are two things mentioned :
        1.Change of planes

        2.Change of airport

        Is it advisable to go for change of airports?Will that mean there will be a custom check for change of airports?

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