Before Arrival in the U.S.

Please read the following information carefully before you arrive in the United States.

Don’t arrive too early: You have a thirty (30) day period in which to arrive to the United States before your I-20 report date. A student should not report earlier than 30 days before the report date stated on the I-20. If so, the student may be denied entry and asked to return to their home country. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows a student to enter the United States up to thirty (30) days before the reporting date on the I-20.

Don’t arrive too late: You must arrive in the U.S. on or BEFORE the Report Date/ Program Start Date on your I-20. Please check your Report Date (Program Start Date) in the third section of the I-20 under Program of Study. You MUST arrive in the U.S. and report to school on or before that date, or you will lose your F-1 visa status, and your I-20 record will be terminated at Richland College. You will then be considered out of status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please report to an International Student Advisor in the Multicultural Center of Richland College, as soon as you arrive in the U.S.

At the Port of Entry to the United States

When entering the U.S., you will need your passport, visa, and original I-20 (not a copy).


You will need to meet with an International Student Advisor in the Multicultural Center (room T-150) at Richland College no later than several days after your arrival in the U.S. and by the Program Start Date (report date) posted on your I-20. The Multicultural Center is located in Thunderduck Hall, near parking lot A, by the entrance from Abrams Road as can be seen on the Richland College Campus Map. Please bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 printed record. In order to get your I-94, please go to Also a completed Admissions Application form with your U.S. address (only fill out pages: 1, 2, 3 and 7). Click here to print the application.

F-1 students must attend the school that issued the I-20.

Health insurance is strongly recommended. Click here for student health insurance information.

Tuberculosis Testing

You will need to have the tuberculosis (TB) test done in the U.S. upon your arrival. We do not accept tuberculosis test results from other countries.

Meningitis Vaccination

All new students under the age of 22 are required by Texas state law to obtain a bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days before the first day of the semester in which they will enroll.

No Dorms/Housing Available On Campus

Unfortunately Richland College does not provide any housing. However these free, online services can help you find an apartment near the college. We also do not offer pick-up from the airport. Please search for other options before arrival.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit offers service to and from the airports. You may choose to arrange a group shuttle such as Super Shuttle or similar shuttle companies. Taxi cabs such as Yellow Cab Taxi are readily available, but more expensive. And you might also choose an on-demand service like Uber or Lyft if you have a smartphone.