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Check In at ISSS

ALL international students are required by immigration law to “check in” at International Student and Scholar Services when you arrive in Boulder.

ALL international students are also required to attend the International Student Orientations.   All new UNDERGRADUATE international students, including transfer students, have an orientation that begins Friday, August 15th and goes through Thursday, August 21st. You MUST bring paper copies of immigration documents, so please pay close attention to the section,  “What should I bring to my immigration check-in?” (below)

All new GRADUATE international students, including exchanges and transfers have an orientation on Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Math building, room 100.

At these meetings, we review campus policies, explain immigration regulations, provide helpful tips, and tell you about fun activities, clubs, and organizations for international students that may be of interest to you.

ISSS Check-in FAQs

When can I complete my immigration check-in?

All new international undergraduate students and transfer students enrolling in the Fall 2014 semester will complete the Immigration Check in with ISSS during their Orientation program, August 15-21, 2014.

*Undergraduates and Transfer students, please pay close attention to the section,  “What should I bring to my immigration check-in?” (below)

Exchange students must attend the required Immigration check-in session on August 21, 2014 AND the required Orientation program on August 23, 2014 from 9a.m.-1p.m. in the Math building, room 100.

All graduate students must sign-up for an Immigration check-in session no later than August 22, 2014 AND attend the required Orientation program on August 23, 2014 from 9a.m.-1p.m. in the Math building, room 100.

Graduate students must attend one Immigration check-in session. Each session lasts about 90 minutes. You will receive a helpful information packet and a checklist of procedures to guide you through your first days here.
Registration is required for each of these sessions (registration is free). You only choose one session for check-in. To register for an Immigration Check-in session, click here.

Where do I check-in? International Student and Scholar Services is in the Office of International Education, located in Suite S355 on the third floor of the Center for Community (C4C). See the campus map here.

What does "checking in" 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 is SEVIS and why is it important?

SEVIS is an acronym for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a web-based program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to maintain information on F and J visa holders and their dependents living in the United States. It keeps an electronic record of your entry into the United States, academic progress, and departure from the United States. As an academic institution, we are responsible for making sure that the information we send to the DHS is complete, current, and correct.

What should I bring to my immigration 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.: 
• passport
• visa
• 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
• Emergency contact form for all J-1s

:::IMPORTANT::: Undergraduates and transfer students must attend Orientation from August 15-21, 2014.  We have a very large number of participants and you will be assigned an immigration check-in session during your Orientation.  In addition to the documents listed above, you will need to bring PAPER copies of the following to your immigration check-in session:
• Copy of your passport bio data page
• Copy of your visa
• Copy of your entrance stamp (must be photocopied AFTER your arrival in the U.S.)
• Copy of your 1-20 or DS 2019 (if you have multiple I-20s or DS-2019s, you must bring copies of each one)


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. And you are also required to attend the International Student Orientations where 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.

What will I receive at Immigration Check-in?

Please see this page for Immigration Check-in folder items.