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Before landing you are given a Port of Entry Form in the flight, which you will have to fill in for faster check out at the airport. It asks for information about self, visa, immigration and other. Fill in all the information that is required. If you have any questions ask the flight attendant or your fellow passengers. Customs and immigration formalities must be cleared at the first point of entry in USA., even if transiting to another city.

You should have your passport ready on the plane and not in your luggage so that the information to complete the various official US forms is handy. An immigration officer at the airport who will see your documents, which include

Visa (stamped inside your passport)

1)I-94 card: The I-94 is the Arrival/Departure card for non-immigrants. It is the evidence of status for the individual and lists the terms of status. This small white card is stapled to your passport as a proof of valid entry into the country. The information shown on the card includes the date of entry, the visa type entered with, and the departure date.

2) If you need to stay longer, than the specified period then you must contact the INS after arriving and request an Application to Extend Status.

3) Entry papers, such as the IAP-66

Restricted Items according to the US Customs Department

Drug Paraphernalia

It is illegal to bring drug paraphernalia into the United States unless they have been prescribed for authentic medical conditions-diabetes, for example. Customs will seize any illegal paraphernalia. If you are convicted of carrying of bringing drug paraphernalia into the country, you will be subject to fines and imprisonment.

Food Products

1. On carrying them as fresh fruits and vegetables can carry plant pests or diseases into the United States. Bakery items and certain kinds of cheese can be brought into United States.

2. The regulations governing Meat and meat products are very strict. Any kind of fresh, dried, or canned meats or meat products are not allowed. Even food products prepared with meat are not allowed.

3. It is advisable not to bring any fresh fruits / vegetables into united states. There are many restrictions

Plants

The plants, cuttings, seeds, unprocessed plant products, and certain endangered species that are allowed into the United States require import permits; some are prohibited entirely. Threatened or endangered species that are permitted must have export permits from the country of origin.

Medication

Narcotics and certain other drugs with a high potential for abuse-Rohypnol, GHB, and Fen-Phen, to name a few-may not be brought into the United States, and there are severe penalties for trying to bring them in. If you need medicines that contain potentially addictive drugs or narcotics (e.g., some cough medicines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, or stimulants), do the following:

  • Carry all drugs, medicines, and similar products in their original containers.
  • Carry only the quantity that a person with that condition (e.g., chronic pain) would normally carry.
  • Carry a prescription or written statement from your physician that the medicines are being used under a doctor's supervision and that they are necessary for your physical well being while traveling.

Pets

If you plan to take your pet abroad you should check with state, county, and local authorities to learn if their restrictions and prohibitions on pets are stricter than federal requirements. Importing animals is closely regulated for public health reasons and also for the well being of the animals. There are restrictions and prohibitions on bringing many species into the United States.

Photographic film

Customs will not examine film you bought abroad and are bringing back unless the Customs officer has reason to believe it contains prohibited material, such as child pornography. You won't be charged duty on film bought in the United States and exposed abroad, whether it's developed or not. But film you bought and developed abroad counts as a dutiable item.

To view a sample of Customs Declaration form, click here.

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You will receive an INS Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) from an INS inspector when arriving in the US at the port of entry. This forms shows the date you arrived in the United States, and the "Admitted Until" date, when your authorized period of stay expires.

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You will receive an INS Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) from an INS inspector when arriving in the US at the port of entry. This forms shows the date you arrived in the United States and the "Admitted Until" date, the date when your authorized period of stay expires.
 
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