Most North Park students arrive at O’Hare International Airport, which is approximately 10.5 miles/17 kilometers, from the North Park campus. North Park provides pick-up service to new students who arrive at O’Hare airport and have submitted an arrival form.

At O’Hare Airport’s International Terminal, you will pass through the “visitors” section of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where your papers will be processed. A CBP official will interview you and:

  • Check the visa stamp in your passport
  • Inspect your Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • Write your visa status on your Form I-94 Card (Arrival-Departure Record, which you'll receive on the airplane)
  • Staple the I-94 card into your passport

Make sure you clearly print your name on the I-94 card exactly as it appears on your I-20 or DS-2019 form.  When you get it back from the CBP official, please check it for accuracy.  If you have an F-1 visa, the I-94 card should have F-1 printed on it; if you have a J-1 visa, the I-94 card should have J-1 printed on it.  If you notice any errors, please talk to the CBP official before you leave the airport.

Arrival Procedures for International Students or Exchange Visitors

Two female students