Travel and Arrival Information

Have you received your visa and arranged a flight ticket to Oklahoma City?

Then, it is time to prepare for arrival!

Once you receive your F-1 visa, you will be allowed to enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before to the program start date on your I-20.

Example : if your program start date on your I-20 is 08/15/2018, that means you are not allowed to arrive before 7/16/2018.

Upon entry, you will need to have the following documents in your carry-on baggage, do not put in checked baggage:

  • Valid passport
  • I-20
  • F-1 visa

When a CBP officer asks you to state the reason why you wish to enter the United States, you should:

  • Tell them that you will be studying as an F-1 student at Oklahoma City Community College
  • Be prepared to provide OCCC’s information and you can show them this folder with your I-20 inside. OCCC’s information is:

Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159

Please be aware of “Secondary Inspection,” which will apply to you if the inspector cannot automatically verify your information or if you do not have all of the required documentation. This inspection allows inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify your information.

It is recommended that you have the name and phone numbers of the DSO’s at OCCC in case your admission needs to be verified:

Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
405-682-7743

Julia Bay
Associate Director of International Student Services
405-682-7533

Upon arrival at OCCC, please go directly to the Recruitment and Admissions office found in OCCC’s Main Building. Our friendly staff will be pleased to guide you through arrival procedures.

Arrival Responsibilities

Once in the United States, it is your responsibility to maintain your status as an F-1 student. Failure to do so will result in termination of your I-20.

First of all, please make sure that you:

  • Upon arrival, please fill in the form, “International Student Check-in”.
  • Pick up your new I-20 at Recruitment and Admission Office within 10 days after submission of the form. You must pick up your new I-20 within 30 days of school beginning.
  • Attend your mandatory International Student Orientation.
    You will have to schedule the orientation by yourself on the form.

Hours of Operation

Our regular hours of operation are as follows:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us:

OCCC International Student Service
international@occc.edu
7777 S May Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159

WHAT’S NEXT?

When you arrive to campus go directly to Admissions and Recruitment. You will be given a checklist of where you
need to go to get enrolled and what you need to do to get your SEVIS Record registered.

If this is your first time in the USA as a student, you will need to visit the Testing Center to do a placement test.

After testing, proceed to the Academic Advising Office for assistance with the enrollment process. Once you have
enrolled for the semester you will then go online and check-in. Within 10 days of checking in you will receive
a new I-20 for continued attendance at OCCC.

Please note: You must have a new, CONTINUED I-20 within 30 days of school beginning.

Aside from checking in online you will also have to attend a mandatory International Orientation. This orientation will go over your requirements as an F-1 student. Failing to attend this orientation will stop you from enrolling in the next semester and will prevent OCCC from registering your SEVIS record.