international student check-in

Fall 2019



What is International Student Check-In?

Welcome to the University of Illinois! 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. Visit ISSS in person to check-in and present immigration documents (REQUIRED)

These will be reviewed by ISSS staff. You must check-in with ISSS in-person to validate your student immigration status.

F-1 or J-1 Students

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (Not applicable to Canadian citizens)
  • I-20 or DS-2019

Pending Permanent Residency

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (if applicable)
  • I-797 receipt notice of I-485 application submission
  • EAD card (if applicable)

ALL Other Statuses (Example: E-2, J-2, H-4, etc.)

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (if applicable)
  • Notice of Action/Approval Notice (if applicable)

2. Complete all relevant items in the New International Student Checklist

Dates and Times

Friday, August 16th (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Sunday, August 18th (12:30 PM – 5PM)
Monday, August 19th (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Tuesday, August 20th (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Wednesday, August 21st (8:30 AM – 12 PM)
Thursday, August 22nd (8:30 AM – 12 PM)


SDRP (Student Dining and Residential Programs)
301 E. Gregory, 2nd floor
Champaign, IL


IMPORTANT: What is the late arrival policy?



Learn more about ISSS Orientation programs for new incoming students!

Pre-arrival and life as an international student

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.

When do I need to arrive on campus?

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. Students 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 -- Fall 2019: Monday, August 26

What will happen if I arrive late?

Undergraduate Students
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 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.

Graduate Students
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.


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