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 Summer 2020.


Steps to Check-In

1. Complete Pre-Arrival Form Online (REQUIRED)

Before arriving to campus and completing your Virtual Check-In (details below), please complete the Pre-Arrival Form HERE.

2. Complete Virtual Check-In & Submit Immigration Documents (REQUIRED)

The following documents will be reviewed by ISSS. You must check-in with ISSS to validate your student immigration status. Details about our summer virtual check-in will be posted to this website in May.

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)

Other Statuses

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

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

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


Check-In Dates & Times

  • Wednesday, June 10 from 9am-4pm
  • Thursday, June 11 from 9am-4pm

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 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 (see Late Arrival).

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, settle into your new housing accommodation, become familiar with campus, and complete your International Student Checklist.

What will happen if I arrive late?

Undergraduate Students

Newly admitted freshmen 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 extenuating circumstances 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. For more information please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@illinois.edu 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 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 are concerned that you will be unable to arrive on time.