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.

*DO NOT BEGIN THE CHECK-IN PROCESS UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE ENTERED THE U.S.*

Check-In Process and Times

You do not need to come in to ISSS to complete the check-in. All check-ins can be completed electronically through the following:

Undergraduates: Submit online. You will receive further information from our office.

EAP Reciprocity: Submit online. You will receive further information from our office.

Graduates: Submit online. You will receive further information from our office.

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

  1. Check-In Data Sheet. Download form under "General Forms" section here.
  2. Copy of the F-1 or J-1 visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  3. Copy of the paper or electronic I-94 Departure/Arrival record.  The electronic I-94 is accessible at i94.cbp.dhs.gov about 48 hours after arrival in the U.S. For more information, please visit cbp.gov/travel.
  4. Copy of your passport identity page, if you've renewed it since applying for your I-20 or DS-2019

You must also update your local (U.S. residential address) and permanent home country address through your 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.