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Required Immigration Check-In for International EXCHANGE Students*See details at bottom of page.
ALL international students are required by immigration law to “check in” at International Student and Scholar Services when you arrive in Boulder. All room numbers listed are in the Center for Community.
Exchange students must attend the session on January 10 that lasts about 90 minutes. You will receive a helpful information packet and a checklist of procedures to guide you through your first days here.
Please register for a check-in session by selecting a "ticket". Each ticket lists the date and time for that particular check-in session. If you are a J-1 exchange student (not Fulbright or Study Abroad Foundation), you must attend the session on Thursday, January 10. IF YOU ARE AN EXCHANGE STUDENT, REGISTER HERE. You must also attend the Exchange Student Meeting on the same day at 11:30 am in the Abrams Lounge (in the Center for Community).
►What does "checking in" with ISSS mean? It means that YOU MUST REPORT TO ISSS, where your SEVIS record will be registered (validated) in the SEVIS electronic record-keeping system. When you enter the United States, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the airport reports your entry into the country to SEVIS. When you check-in at ISSS, an ISSS advisor will confirm your enrollment information to SEVIS. Failure to check in will jeopardize your immigration status. You will also receive helpful information about things you need to do to prepare for living and studying in Boulder.
►What do I need to bring with me to check-in? If you are an F or J student, please bring the following documents for yourself and for any dependents who have accompanied you to the U.S.:
• current and any past I-20s or DS2019s
• I-94 Departure card
• current and complete address in Colorado, even if it is only a temporary one
• proof of insurance for all J-1s and J-2s
After you have presented your check-in information, your SEVIS record will be registered or validated. If your record is not properly validated, SEVIS will terminate your electronic record, and you will be considered to be in the US illegally. If you are in a visa status other than F or J, bring evidence of your visa status, such as your passport or visa.
►I am not an F or J student. Do I still need to check-in? Yes, you must. You are also required to attend the International Student Welcome Meeting on Friday, January 11. At the Welcome Meeting, we review campus policies, provide helpful tips, and tell you about fun activities, clubs, and organizations for international students that may be of interest to you.