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What to do first

  • Contact your employer and sponsor.
  • Call your family and friends.
  • Find Housing (see Housing page).
  • Apply for your Social Security card.
  • Get a bank account.
  • Register your United States address in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). You must register within 10 days of arriving in the United States. Failure to register will result in the cancellation of your visa!

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