Arriving Late

Review the information below if you will arrive in the US after the first day of classes.

Know Your Arrival Deadline

ISS recommends that you arrive early to attend International Student Welcome; however, sometimes situations occur - such as travel issues and visa delays - that are outside of your control.  

In addition to required orientation, all new international students have regulatory arrival deadlines as well. In addition to the steps below remember that even if you do arrive late, you still must complete your entire International Student Check-in.

Late Arrival Permission for Entry to US

Newly Admitted Graduate Students:

Graduate students who will start their first semester at UB must contact their academic department to request late arrival permission if they will arrive after the program start date on their I-20/DS-2019.

Previously Admitted Graduate Students:

You must contact ISS ( to request late arrival permission if you will arrive after the program start date on your I-20/DS-2019 and are:

  • A graduate student who began your academic program remotely and will being coming to UB campus for the first time.
  • A graduate student who will be returning to the U.S. with an “Initial” I-20 (due to change of status via travel/return from LOA/return after violation of status) for the upcoming semester.