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CBP Offers Travel Advice for Foreign Students Entering Michigan for School

Release Date: 
August 25, 2011

Sault Ste Marie, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations offers tips to help foreign nationals and U.S. citizens living in Canada enter the U.S. for the beginning of the school year.

Foreign nationals wishing to attend Lake Superior State University must be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) prior to attending school. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has a convenient website containing in depth answers to student questions in regards to the application and enrollment process and what students and their school are required to do. Please see Travel State for more information. For current fees in regards to this program please follow this link: SEVIS I-901 Fee.

When arriving for the first time to attend school, the Sault Ste Marie, MI port of entry asks that you arrive two hours prior to your first class to allow time to process your SEVIS paperwork and to account for any wait time that you may experience on the International Bridge. Your paperwork must be complete before CBP can process your entry documents. Students are allowed to process their entry documents so up to thirty days prior to the start of school.

Foreign nationals attending LSSU will be issued an I 94 entry document that will be stamped by CBP officers at the International Bridge and attached to your SEVIS paperwork. The document will be coded F-1, D/S, which means you are a student enrolled in university and admitted for the duration of your status as a student. This paperwork must be presented every time that you enter for a school activity or function, and it must be on your person at all times while in the United States.

Your entry documents combined with a NEXUS card can facilitate your crossings. Sault Ste Marie port of entry has a dedicated NEXUS lane open Monday through Friday from of 7:00 am to 8:00 am. NEXUS is one of CBP's Trusted Traveler Programs which facilitates members' crossings into the United States.

Acquiring your entry documents early and obtaining a NEXUS card will help make your first day of class less stressful and much more productive; having the documents with you and ready when you cross the border will help CBP officers with the inspection process.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017