Firstly, there are certain things that have to be done in advance, i.e., as soon as get you your visa much before the flight
Find out the necessary immunization info and get everything done. Generally there are some vaccines like Hepatitis B, which require 3 doses once each month, So do it early. These vaccines are very costly in US and you certainly do not want to start spending money the moment you land in US. Get requisite immunization done (especially MMR)
You may have trouble finding tickets as it is the student season so first go and block your tickets. You need not pay anything while blocking, it’s free! You can pay later (generally 7-10 days after you block)
Give our reference for some special discounts and/or extra luggage allowance facility
Luggage is the essential thing one has to buy. This has to be done after proper planning as luggage is an expensive item and is to be retained for years, now that you will be doing lot of traveling in flight.
Other than you fee requirements you may have to take $1000-$2000 depending upon where you are going (you can get this info from your seniors over there). You can get foreign currency from Thomas Cook/American Express and of course any Foreign Exchange bank like SBI, SBH IOB etc. Do this after you buy your ticket. And remember! Take major part of the money in DD or TC's. The typical combination is: DD for the entire fee you have to pay, $1000-$2000 in TCs, and $300 in cash, a combination of notes and coins. These days you also get Cards which can used anywhere in the world (any airport too, if needed)
Carry all documentation safely, and have photocopies to back you up - letter from Univ., mark sheets, etc. (the visa stuff basically). Things to get photocopied: Make two sets of the following copies, keep one set at home and take the other set with you, along with the originals.
You are now in the USA! Once you are out of the plane go straight to the immigration counter - rush for them to beat the queue. It might take 0.5 - 1 hour here. Keep your I-20, passport, admission & aid letters ready. They might ask a few questions like
Note: In most cases, you will not be asked to open your luggage at all & you will be simply waved through.
There are certain primary things to be done on reaching US. They are discussed in this section
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