New Student Mandatory Visa Check-in

All new F-1 and J-1 international students are required to report to ISSS within 15 days of their program start date.  Failure to complete check-in may result in the termination of your SEVIS record and loss of your F-1 or J-1 status.

Check-in times for our summer programs are:

Summer Session 1:  Look for an email with instructions for your visa check in

Summer Session 2:  Visa Check-In is Friday, July 24 at 2pm in Room 201 of the Classroom Unit

You must bring the following documents to the check-in meeting:

  1. Original passport
  2. Original I-20 (F-1 student) or DS-2019 (J-1 Exchange Visitor)
  3. Photocopy of the paper or electronic I-94 Departure/Arrival record.  The electronic I-94 is accessible at about 48 hours after arrival in the U.S. For more information, please visit
  4. Photocopy of your passport identity page
  5. Photocopy of the F-1 or J-1 visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  6. Photocopy of Form I-20 or DS-2019 (include previous I-20s/DS-2019s if transfer student)
  7. Photocopy of admission stamp in passport (with "F-1 D/S" or "J-1 D/S" notation)

Please make copies of immigration documents AFTER arriving in the U.S. Copy machines are located in campus libraries (McHenry or Science & Engineering). At the check-in meeting, an International Student Advisor will review your documents and present information to help you stay legal while in the U.S. At anytime after arriving in the U.S., update your local (U.S. residential address) and permanent home country address in your student (MyUCSC) portal.