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Travel Arrangements

Once your visa has been approved, you will need to coordinate your trip to the US. When booking your travel, make sure to know the date that your department is expecting you to arrive. This date is usually influenced by required orientation programs, restrictions on housing access, or other University activities. You may also be limited by travel permissions tied to your specific status (see sponsored Visa Categories for more information). For F-1 and J-1 visa holders, you are expected to arrive no later than the start date listed on your initial I-20 or DS-2019. If your travel will be delayed for any reason, you may need a new document to enter the country.

When purchasing tickets for air travel, it is usually recommended that your itinerary include the flight directly to Rochester, New York. Most international flights will arrive at a different Port of Entry, but you should be able to schedule the domestic flight to Rochester for the same day.  A common misperception is that Rochester must be very close to New York City, since they are in the same state. Actually, Rochester is over 300 miles away, which results in a 50-minute flight, more than six hours of driving, or a seven-hour train ride (and longer by bus).