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Arkansas State University offers various shuttle services to International Students.
The A-State Airport Shuttle transports students to and from Memphis International Airport at the beginning and end of semesters.
New students arriving for Fall 2023 Semester (Memphis Intl Airport to A-State)
Returning students arriving for Fall 2023 Semester (Memphis Intl Airport to A-State)
The A-State International Student Shuttle travels to grocery stores such as Kroger, Aldi’s, Wal-Mart, and the Asian Food Market, in addition to other shopping centers including Caraway Plaza, TJ Maxx, Burlington, and Target. Multiple shopping options are within walking distance of each stop on the shuttle, and the selected stores offer everything from home décor to electronics to the latest fashion trends.
Our shuttle is currently running on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the times listed below, and it departs from Arkansas State at the fountain behind the Reng Student Union (where the cafeteria is located). The first and third Sunday of every month, we also offer a free international shuttle to the Memphis Farmer's Market where you are able to find food from around the world.
|SHOPPING SHUTTLE HOURS||DEPARTURES FROM A-STATE||LAST PICKUP FROM STORES||FINAL DROP OFF AT A-STATE|
|MONDAYS, TUESDAY, THURSDAYS 4PM - 7PM||4PM AND 5 PM||6PM||BY 7PM|
|SATURDAYS 10AM - 3PM||10AM, 12PM AND 1PM||2PM||BY 3PM|
International students only can sign up to ride the shuttle. Please follow this link to sign up and select “shuttle ride”: Shuttle Sign-Up
In order to obtain a U.S. driver’s license, you must take a series of tests, unless you already have a U.S. driver’s license for another state. If so, skip to step four. If not, see below.
2216 Browns Lane Access Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401
During each test and to the DMV, make sure you bring documents with you. All new applicants for an Arkansas’s driver’s license are required to provide proof of legal presence in the U.S. as well as proof of identify. One (1) Primary Document and one (1) Secondary Document or two (2) Primary Documents will be required.
Secondary Documents (Proof of Identity)
Please note this additional information about driver’s licenses.
If a non-immigrant’s status (F and J visa holders) cannot be confirmed instantly, the Department of Motor Vehicles may request additional verification through the SAVE program which is an electronic system that verifies a person’s immigration status.
The clerk should provide you with a SAVE print out with a case number. Please go online to https://www.uscis.gov/save/casecheck to see the estimated wait time and check on your case.
*Please note, the phrase “Institute Additional Verification” refers to a government office, not International Student Services. If you still have any issues, please contact our office and we will be glad to look into it for you.
You will need a valid signature in order to re-enter the United States during your program of study or while you are on OPT. Travel signatures are valid for one year while you are a student and for six months during OPT. In order to get a new travel signatures, you can drop off your I20 at International Student Services and pick it up the next business day. If your travel signature lines are full, please let us know one week in advance in order to request a new I-20. If you are not in Jonesboro and need a travel signature, you have two options
The I-94 is your U.S. arrival and departure record which is issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It confirms that you have been legally admitted into the United States in a particular visa category. As of 2013, you will be issued an electronic I-94. Your most recent I-94 and travel history can be found on the CBP website here: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
If you arrive at the U.S. port of entry without all of your required documents or with unsigned documents, you may be denied entry. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers also have the right to issue you a form I-515A, which allows you temporary entry into the U.S. for 30 days. If you are issued a form I-515A, you must contact the Immigration Advisor and follow the instructions given to you on the I-515A.
Documents Required for Re-Entry Into the U.S.
Additional Recommended Documentation:
Travel After Program Completion
The 60 day grace period following program completion is meant to allow time to prepare to return home, transfer to a new school, or travel within the United States. Traveling to another country during your grace period can be complicated, particularly if your plans include transferring your SEVIS record or applying for OPT in the near future. Without careful planning, you may experience travel interruptions in order to return to the U.S. Please consult your Immigration Advisor if you have doubts about your plans.
OPT Applicants: Traveling after your program end date but before you have received your EAD card can be risky. Reduce your risk of encountering difficulties by postponing all unnecessary travel until after you receive your EAD card. Please be aware that if you need to renew your visa while on OPT, you must have a job offer letter in order to do so.
Traveling in between programs: Please consult your Immigration Advisor if you are transferring your SEVIS record to another school and plan to travel internationally prior to starting your new program.