LTU campus

Once you have your visa, you are ready to enter the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that initial students enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the starting date of study indicated on the I-20. 


At your port of entry, you will need to present the following documents to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer:

  • Your Passport
  • Your 1-20 Form
  • Customs Declaration Form (given during flight or available upon arrival in the U.S.)


Hand-carry all of your documents, do not check your passport, visa, or I-20/DS 2019 in your baggage. It is important to tell the CBP officer that you will be a student and have the name and address of Lawrence Technological University (21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075) ready.  After your inspection, the officer will stamp your passport with an entry stamp with a validity for a duration of study (D/S).


You must attend International Student Welcome Week which begins one week prior to the start of courses. During International Welcome Week you will take any required testing, meet with an advisor, learn about required health insurance, and register for coursework. Students that do not attend International Welcome Week will miss the opportunity for advising and registration and may jeopardize their ability to enroll at Lawrence Tech.


Please contact the Office of International Programs at with any questions.