If you are a Canadian citizen, you are not required to obtain an entry visa to enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 student status. However, you must present the following upon entering the United States in order to obtain F-1 or J-1 student status:
A border inspector will review your documents and determine your eligibility to enter the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 student. The inspector will then stamp your passport and issue a paper version I94 card or create an I-94 record which can be retrieved via US Customs and Border Protection website here.
1. If you are a new student entering the U.S. to begin studies at Teachers College, and have an I-20 marked "Initial Attendance," you are not permitted to enter more than 30 days before the start date indicated on your I-20.
2. Failure to obtain an I-94 card or record indicating "F-1 D/S" or "J-1 D/S" may mean that your admission record may not be correct. It is essential that you request and obtain F-1 or J-1 status when entering the U.S.