F-1 and J-1 international students are required by federal regulations to complete a SEVIS immigration check-in within 30 days of the start date indicated on their I-20 or DS-2019.

  • Failure to complete the immigration check-in process will result in the termination of one’s F-1 or J-1 visa status and the ability to legally pursue a degree in the United States.

The immigration check-in process and e-form should be completed by:

  • New international students after their initial entry to the U.S., 
  • SEVIS transfer students before their first semester at CU Boulder, and
  • International students returning to CU Boulder on a new I-20 or DS-2019 after a leave of absence.

Continuing students returning from international travel do not need to complete the immigration check-In process and e-form.

Immigration Check-In Process

New students, including SEVIS transfer students, must complete the following in order to complete their mandatory check-in with ISSS:

  1. Complete the Immigration Check-In e-form and upload the required documents
    • Federal regulations require international students in F-1 and J-1 status to complete a SEVIS immigration check-in within 30 days (15 days for SEVIS transfer students) of the start date indicated on their I-20 
    • Immigration Check-In e-form is available in your MyISSS portal
    • The Immigration Check-In e-form can only be completed after arriving in the U.S. as you must provide a copy of your most recent U.S. arrival record I-94.
  2. Students in F-1 status: Complete an Immigration Essentials Virtual Quiz that is part of your student welcome and orientation canvas course
  3. Students in J-1 status: 
    • Students in J-1 status that are exchange students will have access to the orientation canvas course, but will not have to complete an Immigration Essentials Quiz, but will instead have to attend an information session on August 15, 2022.
    • Students in J-1 status that are degree-seeking will have access to the orientation canvas course, but will not have to complete an Immigration Essentials Quiz, but will instead have to attend an information session. You will be notified of this session after your arrival in the U.S. 

Completing the Immigration Check-In Form to Report Your Arrival

All New Incoming Students Regardless of Visa Status

  1. Verify/add/update your local address in Buff Portal.
  2. Download your I-94 Arrival Record
  3. Complete the Immigration Check-In e-form (available in the MyISSS portal)

You will need the following information to submit the form:

Students in J-1/ J-2 Status must also:

  • Complete the Insurance Compliance e-form

    • Upload: Photo/pdf of Insurance ID Card
    • Upload: Photo /pdf of Insurance Summary of Benefits

Exchange Students in J-1 Status must also:

  • Complete the Exchange Student Release of Information e-form

Students with F-2/J-2 Dependents must also:

  • Submit the Dependent I-94 Submission e-form

    • Upload: Photo / pdf of dependents most recent I-94