international student check-in

International Student Check-In is a federally mandated process that requires every international student to report to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and have their immigration documents reviewed. Check-In should be completed as soon as possible after arrival to the United States.
Please note that for the safety of our students and staff, New International Student Check-In will be held virtually for Fall 2020.


Steps to Check-In

1. Complete Virtual Check-In (REQUIRED)

Once you arrive in the United States, please make sure to submit the Check-in eform. Do not submit the e-form before you arrive in the United States. You must check-in with ISSS to validate your student immigration status. The following documents will be reviewed by ISSS:

F-1 or J-1 Students

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (Not applicable to Canadian citizens)
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-94

Pending Permanent Residency

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (if applicable)
  • I-797 receipt notice of I-485 application submission
  • EAD card (if applicable)
  • I-94

Other Statuses

Examples: E-2, J-2, H-4, etc.

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (if applicable)
  • Notice of Action/Approval Notice (if applicable)
  • I-94

2. Virtual Check-In Queue

(Link will be active Monday-Friday, 08/10-08/25/2020, 9am-4pm)

Optional 10 minute virtual queue session available for students who wish to have their check-in verified by an advisor in real time and/or who may wish to ask any quick questions about their check in process.

3. ISSS Virtual Campus Resource Fair

Save the Dates!

Live Zoom Q & A Sessions with campus partners:

• Tuesday, August 11, 2020: 1:00pm-3:00pm
• Tuesday, August 18, 2020: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Mark your calendars to participate in Zoom Question & Answer sessions with many campus and community partners! We are here to support you and provide you with the information and resources you need as you begin your academic careers at Illinois. More information, including the links to the Zoom sessions, will be provided in the coming days.

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


Check-In Dates & Times

  • Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14
  • Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21
  • Monday, August 24 & Tuesday, August 25

Hours of Operation: 9am to 4pm

When do I need to arrive in the United States?

If you have been issued an "Initial" I-20 or DS-2019, you may arrive as early as 30 days prior to the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. Students MUST arrive on campus by the start date listed on their I-20 or DS-2019. (If you won't be able to arrive on time, please refer to the "What Will Happen If I Cannot Arrive On Time?" section below).

The start date listed may be earlier than the actual start date of the semester. It is in your best interest to arrive with enough time to complete the Check-In process with ISSS, register for classes, complete your quarantine (if applicable), settle into your new housing accommodation, become familiar with campus, and complete your International Student Checklist.

What will happen if I cannot arrive on time?

Undergraduate Students

Newly admitted first year 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. If you have questions about delaying admission, we encourage you to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) . You should only submit the request if you are certain that you cannot enroll for the fall semester, whether that is in person or online. Requests should be submitted no later than August 17, 2020. 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 students may not be allowed to enroll.

Graduate Students

If you are unable to arrive prior to your start date, please contact your graduate program to discuss your options.