Make Travel Plans
You may arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. There are two airports from which D&E will provide a shuttle to campus - Pittsburgh International Airport and North Central WV Airport in Clarksburg, W.Va.
Pack for Warm and Cold Weather
West Virginia has a four-season climate. Please bring clothing to accommodate a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Dress for class is casual; however, you may want to bring a few formal outfits for special events.
National Weather Service Climate Information for Elkins, W.Va.:
Elkins's coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 18.0°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 81.7°F. The driest month in Elkins is October with 2.86 inches of precipitation, and with 4.83 inches July is the wettest month.
Always Hand-Carry Your Important Documents
Keep the following documents on your person at all times during travel to the U.S.: passport, I-20 or DS-2019, financial documents, D&E admission letter, SEVIS fee receipt, and D&E pre-arrival guide.
Complete Entry Paperwork In-Flight
If you are traveling by air, flight attendants should hand you a Customs Declaration Form (CF-6059) and Arrival/Departure Record Forms (I-94). If you are arriving by land or sea, the immigration officer will provide you with the CF-6059 and the I-94 form at the port of entry.
Go to the Port of Entry (POE)
Proceed to the Custom and Borders Inspection site near the terminal area. Be prepared to present your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 and the CF-6059.
The address on the I-94 form should reflect the address where you will reside in the U.S., even if it is temporary.
Secondary Inspection (if needed)
If the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer cannot verify your information or you do not have all the required documentation, you may be directed to what is known as secondary inspection. The CBP officer will first try to check your status by using SEVIS. If the CBP officer needs to verify information with your school or program, give the officer Davis & Elkins College contact information.
You will have to state your reason for entering the United States.
Please tell the Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) officer that you will be a student (if you are coming for a degree program) or that you will be teaching or conducting research (if you are a J-1 scholar or professor). Be prepared to provide the College address and additional information such as financial documents or your admission letter. Do not leave without getting your I-20 or DS-2019 and your I-94 card stamped, F/1 D/S for F-1 student and J/1 D/S for exchange visitors.
Meet with International Student Services
Upon arrival to campus, visit International Student Services in Liberal Arts Hall.