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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) for current and future students, their families and educational advisors

Flights & airport arrivals

Flights & Airport Arrivals

The Richmond International Airport (RIC) is located in Richmond, Virginia, a 30-minute drive from Richard Bland College. 


Make travel arrangements to arrive at Richmond International Airport one day prior to your orientation date. As soon as you have booked your flights, please complete the online arrival form so we will know your arrival information.

Entering the United States

At the United States port-of-entry, an officer of the ICE department will review your documents, including the passport, visa stamp, important letters, and the I-20. The visa eligibility document (I-20) will be processed by the ICE, with a page returned to you along with a card directing you on how to print the I-94. The entry date listed in item #5 of the I-20 is the last possible day to use this form for initial entry to the United States. New students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the indicated start date on the I-20.


You should ensure that you are traveling with the following documents as they will be needed upon entry into the U.S.:

  • Your original I-20 document
  • Your valid passport with visa
  • Admission Letter to RBC
  • Any additional documents supporting your education credentials

Additionally, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What and where will you study?
  • Do you have family connections in the U.S.?
  • What are your plans for returning to your home country?
  • Where will you be staying in Virginia?