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At the Airport


Inspection at the Airport or Border Post by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

When you arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or other U.S. port of entry, a CBP officer will review your documents and grant entry to the United States by taking your photograph, fingerprints, and stamping your passport.  See Arrival Procedures for details.

Canadian citizens arriving to work or study at Caltech/JPL should avoid using airport self-service kiosks to process entry to the United States. The kiosks are for visitors (B1/B2) only.

Review your passport stamp immediately, while you are still with the CBP officer.  The passport should be stamped with your arrival date and your immigration status.  If you are an F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2, the CBP officer should write "D/S" on the stamp.  If you are entering the United States in any other status, the handwritten date should match the expected end date of your visit.

Collect your luggage after completing the initial CBP inspection, then proceed through the second inspection where you will make a customs declaration.  For more information, visit CBP for International Visitors.

Transportation from LAX to Pasadena

The International Offices cannot assist with airport pick-ups. 

In some cases, Caltech international student clubs and organizations may be able to arrange airport pick-ups for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students.  These arrangements must be made directly with the student organizations.

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) offers assistance with transportation from the airport to Caltech for degree-seeking graduate students.  Please visit the GSC website to learn more.   

You can find taxis ($50-$80 cash) and shuttle services ($17-$35 cash or credit card) from Ground Transportation Centers located outside the Baggage Claim area at LAX.  Popular 24-hour shuttle services to Pasadena include: SuperShuttle (with Caltech discount code), Prime Time Shuttle, and Roadrunner.

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