Students may enter up to 30 days before the “Program Start Date” as it appears on their I-20. F-1 students may not enter the U.S. prior to the “Earliest Admission Date” stated on their I-20, which is 30 days prior to the “Program Start Date.”


The U.S. border official should deny entry to students who attempt to enter any earlier than the “Earliest Admission Date.” Also, ensure your child does not use the Visa Waiver Program, B-1/B-2 visa, or any visa other than the F-1 student visa to enter the U.S.