ALL international students are required by immigration law to “report” 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 Sunday, January 4th and goes through Thursday, January 8th. You MUST bring paper copies of immigration documents if you do not upload them before orientation, so please pay close attention to the section, “What should I bring to my immigration reporting session?” (below)
All new GRADUATE international students, including exchanges and transfers have an orientation on Friday, January 9th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Benson Earth Sciences building, room 180.
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.
All new international undergraduate students and transfer students enrolling in the Spring 2015 semester will complete the Immigration Reporting session with ISSS during their Orientation program, January 2015. No need to sign up.
*Undergraduates and Transfer students, please pay close attention to the section, “What should I bring to my Immigration Reporting session?” (below)
Exchange students must attend the required Immigration Reporting session on January 8th 2015 AND the required Orientation program on January 9th 2015 from 1-5 p.m. in Benson Earth Science building, room 180.
All graduate students must sign-up for an Immigration Reporting session no later than January 2015 AND attend the required Orientation program on January 9th 2015, from 1-5 p.m. in Benson Earth Science building, room 180.
Graduate students must attend one Immigration Reporting 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 Reporting session, click here.
Where do I report? 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.
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 report 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.
PLAN FOR 2 HOURS! This reporting session is required, and you must attend the entire program.
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.
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.:
• I-94 arrival/departure record (Instructions for dowloading elctronic I-94)
• current and any past I-20s or DS2019s
• International Student Address Form indicating current and complete address in Colorado, even if it is only a temporary one
• J-1/J-2 Only: Insurance Compliance Form indicating sufficient, continuous insurance coverage for all J-1s and J-2s
:::IMPORTANT::: Undergraduates and transfer students must attend Orientation from January 4-8, 2015. We have 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 reporting session if you haven't uploaded them online:
• 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 immigration information and reported to ISSS, 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.
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.