Student 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. Please remember all students are also required to attend their assigned mandatory orientation.


Check-In Process and Times

You do not need to come in to the International Education Office to complete the check-in. All check-ins should be completed online through the following links:

Undergraduate Students: TBA.

EAP Reciprocity Students:  TBA.

Graduate Students: 

You will need to know your UCSC student ID and your UCSC email address to log in to any form.

You must submit the following documents to complete the check-in:

  1. Photocopy of your passport identity page
  2. Photocopy of the F-1 or J-1 visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  3. Photocopy of admission stamp in passport with "F-1 D/S" or "J-1 D/S" notation.
  4. 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

You must also update your local (U.S. residential address) and permanent home country address in your student (MyUCSC) portal.

Please take pictures or scans of immigration documents after arriving in the U.S. Scanners are located in campus libraries (McHenry or Science & Engineering) or in computer labs around campus. Once you've submitted your check-in form online, an International Student Advisor will review your documents and information to activate your SEVIS record.