Guide – Arriving at The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, USA

This blog post is for students and travelers going to Dallas, Texas. Students who are joining the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, SMU, the University of Texas at Arlington will be using DFW airport to arrive in the United States. Hence, I am sharing my experience of landing on DFW airport and completing the immigration.

I hope this will help you.

You have boarded your flight, it is a long flight, and now you see that only one hour is left for the landing. Some airlines will hand over a paper slip to international travelers. This paper slip is your immigration form. Completing it on the flight will save you time at the airport.

I received this form when I traveled for the first time to Dallas in 2017; however, during my second visit in 2018, no such forms were provided on the plane. So, do not worry if you are not offered one. There are kiosks that you will have to use and submit similar information.

In this form, you will have fill in the necessary information about yourself, declare your items on which you have to pay custom (if any). Also, you must confirm that you are not bringing any seeds to the United States.

Once you are out of the airplane

  • Use washroom, freshen up
  • Do not run towards the immigration queue; you should look fresh and pleasant when you stand in front of the immigration office
  • Clean up, change your T-Shirt, Dress if you wish to
  • You will then go to the immigration queue
  • You will have to use a Kiosk and enter your information
  • (this is like filling that paper form online)
  • Get a receipt and join the queue further
  • You will land up in front of an immigration officer
  • Answer his questions, on approval, he will stamp your passport (and F1 in student case)
  • Move and collect your luggage
  • Use this time to connect to Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi was made available by AT&T
  • Collect baggage and start walking out
  • If you need to book a cab, do it while you are inside the airport building using the Wi-Fi
  • Once the cab is confirmed, and you have necessary details, walk-out

That’s it, welcome to the United States of America. Best wishes for your studies, work, or pleasure time ahead.

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