From the moment that your plane lands in the U.S., please follow the following steps to complete your check-in with the University of Delaware. For questions once you arrive in the U.S., please contact the Office for International Students & Scholars at (302)831-2115 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. US EST) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carry (on your person not in your checked baggage!) your passport with the US visa stamp, I-797 H-1B Approval Notice and the supporting documentation you provided to obtain the visa when you travel to the U.S. You should have U.S. currency available for travel expenses and any emergencies that might occur.
Do not leave the immigration area at the port of entry until your documents are in order.
What is Secondary Inspection? If the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry cannot verify your information, or if you do not have all of the required documentation, a CBP officer may direct you to an interview area known as “secondary inspection.” Secondary inspection allows inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify information without causing delays for other arriving passengers. In the event that the CBP officer needs to verify information with the University of Delaware, we strongly recommend that you have the OISS phone number: (302) 831-2115 in case they need to contact us for additional information. If you will arrive during non-business hours (evening, weekends, holidays), you may provide the officer with UD Public Safety phone number: (302) 831-2222.
You should have your passport stamped "H-1B." If you have a question or if there is a problem, it is much easier to take care of it there before you leave the immigration area.
The majority of people coming to the University of Delaware arrive in the United States at JFK Airport in New York or Newark, New Jersey or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The most convenient way is via Philadelphia. If you are flying into New York, you should purchase an add-on ticket to Philadelphia from New York at the time you purchase your ticket to the US. It is more convenient and less expensive.
Once you arrive in Philadelphia, you can take the Delaware Express Shuttle to Newark, Delaware, but a reservation must be made at least 48 hours in advance. The reservation can be made on-line at www.delexpress.com or call 1-800-648-5466. The cost is around $50 plus a $7.00 tip. Please mention the University of Delaware discount to benefit of this rate. If making a reservation on-line, use code '129676' to get a discount. We encourage you, if at all possible, to make arrangements to arrive in Philadelphia. Do not take a taxi from New York to Newark, Delaware.
Those arriving in New York City can reach Newark, Delaware by bus. To travel by bus to Newark, Delaware after you arrive at Kennedy International Airport, take the Shuttle Bus to Eastside Terminal in Manhattan (around $15), and you will be transported to the Port Authority for free. Bus service from the Port Authority to Wilmington, Delaware leaves at frequent intervals (around $35). Once in the US, call 1-800-343-9999 for bus schedule information. Be sure to take the bus to Newark, Delaware (150 miles from New York City) rather than to Newark, New Jersey (across the Hudson River from Manhattan). The bus arrives at 2nd & French Street in Wilmington, Delaware across the street from the AMTRAK train station. There is DART bus service at the train station. The DART bus goes to Newark, Delaware several times a day (cost under $3).
Delaware Bus Route Schedules: http://dartfirststate.com/services/bus_services.shtml
When you arrive on campus, please check in with OISS with the following information:
Payroll and Systems Administration
You must stop by Payroll and Records Management to complete an I-9 and Foreign National Forms. The office is located on the second floor of 413 Academy St. Room 250. You also need to complete the on-boarding process. For more information please visit the On-boarding page: http://www.udel.edu/onboarding/.
Your department will serve as an excellent resource at UD and will work with you to ensure that your experience is successful by assisting you with interpreting university policies and referrals to university support services.
Please bring sufficient items of personal use as you might not be able to visit the stores here soon after your arrival. Do not bring items that are easily available in the US (Utensils, Food, school supplies etc.).
Before enrolling a child in school, you need to know which school district your child will be attending. This depends on where you are living in the school district. If you need to know where a child should be enrolled, please visit the The Christina School District Site.
Note: Child must be five on or before August 31 for entry into Kindergarten.
When you know where to enroll your child, go directly to the school. They will require the following:
Please visit The Christina School District site for the Forms & Information needed for registration.
If your child needs to enroll in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class you may complete an application at the school office. If an ESL program is not available at your child's school, your child will be transported to a school that offers the program.
There are several apartment complexes located around campus. Apartments are unfurnished and the cost is $600 or more per month for one bedroom.
WARNING: Do not sign a lease until you arrive and see the room or apartment.
If you are looking to buy a house, we recommend that you contact a local Real Estate Agent.
Once you have found a suitable apartment, you’ll be asked to sign a lease, a legal agreement committing you to live in a place for a certain period of time at a certain price per month. You may also be asked to pay a security deposit which is often equal to one month’s rent. Here are a few things to remember:
WARNING: Do not sign a lease until you arrive and see the room or apartment.
Get to know campus on foot and become familiar with our campus bus schedules. Note the location of your department on a campus map. Some scholars use bicycles, scooters, and skateboards to make their way around campus. You can purchase these items on Main Street or check out UD’s online classified section at www.udel.edu/classifieds
If you are uncertain of where your department is located or how the bus system works, stop by the OISS at 44 Kent Way or the University Visitors Center, at 210 South College Avenue, for a campus map with directions. Become familiar with all of your options so that you are comfortable getting where you need to be on time.
UD Bus Route Schedules (Free): (www.udel.edu/transportation/ud_route/
In addition to the shops located in Main St. , there are several places to shop in Newark although some are in driving distance: Christiana Mall (10/15 min drive), Concord Mall (20/30 min drive), Tanger Outlet Center (Lancaster, PA; Rehoboth, DE; both within 1hrs/1.5hrs drive).
Many shops, restaurants, and banks are located close to the University of Delaware campus. Ethnic grocery stores are also nearby including Wang's Oriental Food Store, apna Bazaar, and Zahara International Food Market. Newark Natural Food carries organic produce, herbs, grains, and groceries. A Farmer's market where fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased is a 10-minute drive from campus, and there are large grocery stores (Acme, Pathmark, Shop-Rite) in the Newark area.
You can also shop with greater ease online. The University of Delaware hosts its own classified site at www.udel.edu/ where you can buy furniture, books, services, and more. Additional web sites include: www.amazon.com, www.half.ebay.com,www.newegg.com, www.overstock.com, and www.craigslist.com