international student check-in
- What is International Student Check-In?
- Dates and Times
- Pre-arrival and Life as an International Student
- When do I need to arrive on campus?
- What will happen if I arrive late?
All new international students are required to report for Check-in at the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Steps to Check-In:
1. Pre-Arrival E-form
(Download instructions for using pre-arrival e-form)
ATTENTION: Your admission letter may state that you need to fill out the "EDC Form". Please note that the EDC has been changed to the Pre-Arrival Form.
If you have trouble completing the Pre-Arrival E-form, please note that an ISSS advisor will assist you with this when you check-in at ISSS.
2. Update your US Address
Please update your US address (where you will be living while you study here) via the Address e-form in iStart.
3. REQUIRED: Visit ISSS in person to check-in and show immigration documents. These will be reviewed by ISSS. You must check-in with ISSS in person to validate your student immigration status..
F-1 or J-1 Students
- Entry Visa (Not applicable to Canadian citizens)
- I-20 or DS-2019
Pending Permanent Residency
- Entry Visa (if applicable)
- I-797 receipt notice of I-485 application submission
- EAD card (if applicable)
Other Statuses (Example: E-2, J-2, H-4, etc.)
- Entry Visa (if applicable)
- Notice of Action (if applicable)
4. Next steps: New International Student Checklist
Wednesday, January 9th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 10th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
610 E. John St.
IMPORTANT: What is the late arrival policy?
Learn more about ISSS Orientation programs for new incoming students!
We also encourage you to read through the Pre-Arrival and Life as an International Student sections on the website, for more information about what to expect as a student at the University of Illinois.
If you have been issued an "Initial" I-20 or DS-2019, you may arrive as early as 30 days prior to the beginning date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. You MUST arrive on campus by the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 (see Late Arrival). The start date listed may be earlier than the actual start date of the semseter. It is in your best interest to arrive with enough time to complete the Check-In process with ISSS, register for classes, settle into your new housing accommodation, become familiar with campus, and complete your International Student Checklist.
SEMESTER START DATE
Spring 2019: Monday, January 14
Newly admitted freshman and transfer undergraduates must arrive on campus by the “no-later-than” report or start date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will not give approval for arriving after this date.
Degree seeking students with extenuations or hardships may submit a delay-of-admission request to a future term (spring or fall). The request must be submitted prior to the “no later than” report or start date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019. Delay-of-admission requests for unique opportunities must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the start date listed on the document. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com or 217-333-0302.
For non-hardship issues such as financial, visa, and flight-booking difficulties, students will not be granted a delay of admission and are invited to consider applying to a future term.
Any student who arrives after the “no-later-than” report or start date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019 will do so at their own risk and should contact their college office. Such late-arriving students may not be allowed to enroll.
Many programs will not allow any late arrivals - please contact the Graduate College and your department if you do not think you can arrive on time.