The Catholic University of America

How early can someone enter the U.S.?

How early someone can enter the U.S. depends mostly on their immigration status. This is something that shouldbe taken into consideration when requesting start dates for CUA-sponsored non-immigrant statuses.

Nonimmigrant Status …

…can enter U.S. ...

B-1/B-2 Visitor

no earlier than the start date of their visitor visa

F-1 student

J-1 Exchange visitor

up to 30 days before start date on Form DS-2019

H-1B Temporary Worker

O-1 Temporary Worker

TN - Professional under NAFTA

up to 10 days before start date of approved petition