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Flights & Airport Arrivals

Students should plan to arrive at one of the three airports that service New York City – John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

It is recommended to arrive at JFK or LGA as they are closer to the Queens College campus. Both JFK and LGA are less than 10 miles/16 kilometers from campus. Arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is not the recommended option due to its distance, 35 miles/56 kilometers, and the cost of transportation to campus.

To come to campus, it is recommended to take a taxi or ride-share/TNC service (such as Uber or Lyft). Please be aware that there is significant construction work underway at LGA as part of a renovation project, so wait times for taxis and ride-share/TNC services can be longer than usual. If you have any questions, please contact the GSSP team at

All students must complete the arrival confirmation form.

Entering the United States

At the United States port-of-entry, an officer of the ICE department will review your documents, including the passport, visa stamp, important letters, and the I-20. The visa eligibility document (I-20) will be processed by the ICE, with a page returned to you along with a card directing you on how to print the I-94. The entry date listed in item #5 of the I-20 is the last possible day to use this form for initial entry to the United States. New students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the indicated start date on the I-20.

You should ensure that you are traveling with the following documents as they will be needed upon entry into the U.S.:

  • Your original I-20 document
  • Your valid passport with visa
  • Admission Letter to Queens College
  • Any additional documents supporting your education credentials

Additionally, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What and where will you study?
  • Do you have family connections in the U.S.?
  • What are your plans for returning to your home country?
  • Where will you be staying in New York?
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