Entering the United States

You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the official program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. You must report to the University of Montana by the program start date. If you cannot enter the U.S. for the term listed on your Form I-20/DS-2019 or if you will be a few days late, contact us immediately at iss@umontana.edu or (406) 243-5509.


When you arrive in the United States you will complete a customs declaration form and your luggage may be examined. 

Extension of Program End Date

Pay close attention to the program completion date indicated on your I-20/DS-2019. Your F-1/J1 status will end of the program end date unless it is extended. You are required to make your request for an extension at least 2 weeks before the program end date. Contact ISS to request an extension. 

Have more Questions?

For more information please visit the U.S. State Department website or contact iss@umontana.edu