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Arrival Checklist

This checklist will help you prioritize some things that need to be taken care of immediately upon your arrival in the United States.

  • Print your I-94 Arrival Record
  • Perform the Arrival Check-In Process
  • Update the Cal Poly Portal with your new U.S. Address in the Current Residence and Mailing Address fields, Phone, and Emergency Contact Information
  • Locate permanent housing (prearrange for housing months prior to arrival)
  • Open a bank account
  • Download and print your health insurance ID card. See the Health Insurance page for instructions
  • Apply for a Taxpayer Identification Number or a Social Security Number
  • Obtain gas, electricity, water, telephone services, and other utility services, if not provided
  • Identify a doctor, dentist, and hospital in case of an emergency
  • If you bring or buy a car, obtain a driver's license, purchase car insurance, and register the car
  • Look into opportunities for professional meetings and other enrichment opportunities

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