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Mandatory Immigration Check-in for Students


Please visit the Front Desk of the International Center as soon as you arrive on campus to register for a mandatory check-in session.

If you are an undergraduate student, check-in session will be part of International Undergraduate Orientation co-sponsored by the Office of New Students Programs and the International Center.

If you are a J-1 student and the form DS-2019 was issued by an organization other than the University of Michigan, please do not attend the check-in sessions. Please check line 2 (program sponsor) on your DS-2019.

Overview of Immigration Check-in

During the check-in program you will:

  • Review legal requirements of F1/J1 status
  • Provide original and photocopies of your immigration documents
  • Receive a travel signature

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the program beginning.

The check-in session for General Students will last for two and a half hours (one hour for Returning/Change Of Level students), and you must attend the entire session. Your dependents are not required to attend. Before you enter the check-in session, an IC staff member will look at your immigration documents. If you do not have the required documents or if you arrive late, YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE SESSION and you will have to reschedule your appointment.

Student Check-in Handout and Checklist

What You Must Bring With You to the Check-In

You must bring the original and a photocopy (black and white) of the following documents. Each photocopy must be on standard letter size paper (8 ½ × 11 inches).

  • Your passport pages containing your picture and passport validity
  • U.S. visa (except Canadian citizens)
  • I-20 (page 1) or DS-2019 (page 1) for the new academic program
  • Printout of form I-94 from OR I-94 card (small white card in passport) front side (if you were issued one)
  • If you have F-2 or J-2 dependents (spouse and children) , bring their I-20/DS-2019s, I-94s, and passports, along with the photocopies of each as well.

Things to Do Before You Attend the Check-In Session

Make two copies of each of your immigration documents (one copy is for you, the other is for the International Center). There are several places where you can make photocopies:

  • U-M Computing Sites – located in the basement of the Michigan Union or Angell Hall. You may make photocopies on multi-function devices (MFDs) using your M-Card.
  • Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) – located on the 4th floor of the Michigan Union. Visit their web page for current hours of operation.
  • FedEx Office – 505 E. Liberty Street, between Thompson and Maynard streets.

General Students Check-In Sessions

Date Time Location Room
Fri, May 2 1-3pm International Center Conference Room
Mon, May 19 2-4pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jun 20 1-3pm School of Dentistry DENT7220
Fri, Jun 27 2-4pm International Center Conference Room
Wed, Jul 9 10am-12pm International Center Conference Room
Thu, Jul 24 2-4pm International Center Conference Room

Returning/Change of Level Sessions

If you are a returning/change of level student, you are still required to follow the Registration procedure and bring Required immigration documents described on this web site.

Date Time Location Room
Tue, Jan 7 3-4pm International Center Room 9
Fri, Jan 17 10-11am International Center Room 9

Special Check-In Sessions (By invitation only. Registration is coordinated by the unit)

Date Time Location Units
Thu, Jun 5 TBA Ross School of Business GMBA
Mon, Jun 23 1-3pm Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Architecture 3-year Program
Wed, Jun 25 9am-12pm School of Social Work, Educational Conference Center (Room 1840) ELI Summer Program
Mon, Jun 30 9-11am Ross School of Business Ross Master of Management
Mon, Jul 7 1-3pm Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Architecture M.U.D. Program
Wed, Jul 23 2-5pm CC Little Building GSIs


Last reviewed: 04/14