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Arrival in the U.S

New F-1 visa holders cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the begin date on their I-20.

When traveling into the U.S. you must have the following documents on you:

  • Passport with F-1 visa stamp
  • STU I-20 Form
  • Evidence of financial resources
  • Copy of SEVIS I-901 Fee
  • Letter of Admission to STU

If unable to show these documents to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) you might be denied entry to the U.S. Make sure you inform CBP that you are traveling into the U.S. as an F-1 student. Make sure you carry these documents with you, not in your checked baggage.

Passport Entry F-1 Visa Stamp

The F-1 visa stamp placed in your passport by the U.S. consular official indicates your eligibility to enter or re-enter the U.S. as an F-1 student. The stamp should be marked with "F-1 D/S" for F-1 students. D/S stands for Duration of Status. The expiration date on the visa is the last day you can use it to enter the U.S.

Arrange Transportation from the Airport to St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University is located 11 miles from Miami International Airport and 21 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

If you are in need of transportation from either the Miami International (MIA) or the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to St. Thomas University, please fill out the Arrival Notification & Airport Pick-up Form. Requests must be received 72 hours prior to arrival date.

The following transportation service is provided independently from St. Thomas University and must be arranged directly by the student:

  • Super Shuttle service is available from both airports to St. Thomas University. You may reserve and pay in advance online.

For airport-specific transportation please visit:


For maps and directions to STU please go visit our About STU page.