Read the Pre-Arrival Information thoroughly prior to applying for your visa.
Make sure your passport is valid for yourself and for any accompanying dependents for at least 6 months past your anticipated start date.
Review all immigration documents for accuracy.
Review the Form I-797 to ensure that your personal information is correct.
Visit the website for the U.S. Consulate where you will have your visa appointment.
Contact the U.S. Consulate to schedule an appointment according to the instructions on the Consulate website. Ask for any additional information about requirements for your visa application appointment.
Read the ISSS website for information on Helpful Suggestions for Your Interview and Security Checks.
Attend your interview at the consulate. Follow their instructions for waiting for your visa.
Contact your department at Emory if you experience significant delays in visa issuance, and contact ISSS if you experience a delay greater than 30 days.
Make travel arrangements. Contact your department to let them know when you expect to arrive. H-1B Visa holders cannot enter the U.S. more than 10 days in advance of the start date on your I-797 approval notice.
Obtain copies of important medical and dental records, x-rays, and prescriptions written in generic terms for you and any accompanying dependents.
Obtain certificates of immunizations and vaccinations for you and any accompanying dependents. (These will be required for any children enrolling in school in the U.S.)
We recommend that you have ready access to $2,000-$2,500 US to cover costs on the way to Emory and during your first month in the U.S. If you choose to purchase traveler's checks, remember to keep the receipt separate from the actual traveler's checks.
Talk to your colleagues and friends who may have visited the U.S., or perhaps with someone you know who lives in the U.S. They may have helpful advice and information for you.
Notify your hosting department at Emory and ISSS to let them know that you have obtained your visa and the date you plan to arrive.
Read the Survival Guide on the ISSS website for information on housing, banking, adjusting to a new culture, living in the United States, bringing your family, enrolling children in school, childcare, transportation, and other information.
Re-read the Pre-Arrival Information prior to your departure to ensure you have all documentation necessary to ensure a smooth entry to the U.S.