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Mandatory Immigration Check-in for Students

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 before the program start time.

The check-in session will last approximately 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. If you do not have the required documents or if you arrive late, you will NOT be allowed to attend the session and you will have to reschedule your appointment.

Check-in Presentation and Student Responsibility Checklist

What You Must Bring With You to the Check-In

  • Your passport
  • Your original I-20 or DS-2019
  • Copies of the following documents (black & white, standard letter size – 8 ½ by 11)
    • Passport picture page
    • Your F-1 or J-1 visa (and entry stamp) - (except Canadian citizens)
    • Page 1 of your I-20 or DS-2019
  • A print out of your electronic I-94 form.
    • Please visit to print your I-94 after you have arrived in the United States.
    • Do not forget this form, you cannot complete the check-in process without it!
  • If you have F-2 or J-2 dependents (spouse and/or children) who traveled with you to the US, bring their original passports and I-20 (or DS-2019) forms, photocopies of their visas, photocopies of page 1 of their I-20 (or DS-2019) and a copy of their electronic I-94 forms printed from

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.

Returning and Change of Level Students

If you have previously attended the University of Michigan as an F-1 or J-1 student and are now returning either to complete your degree or to start a brand new degree program, you may be eligible to complete a Returner/COL check-in session.

  • You are a Returning Student if:
    • You attended the University of Michigan within the last 5 years, have been away from the United States for more than 5 months, and will return to complete your original degree program.
  • You are a Change of Level Student if:
    • You completed a degree at the University of Michigan within the last 4 months and are now returning to UM to begin a new degree program.

This session will last approximately 1 hour. During this session, you will listen to a 5-10 minute refresher presentation and then an International Student Advisor will review your documents and issue you a travel signature.


Undergraduate student: Your check-in session will be part of International Undergraduate Orientation co-sponsored by the Office of New Students Programs and the International Center. 

All other 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 (except the special check-ins).

General Students Check-In Sessions

Date Time Location Room
Fri, May 8 2pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jun 5 2pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jul 10 2pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Aug 7* 1pm Art & Architecture Building Room 1227

* Note: This check-in is combined with a Taubman Architecture Special Check-In. Taubman students whose I-20 start date is August 6 do not need to register for this check-in--your department will register you. All other students who wish to attend this check-in must register at the International Center.

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

Date Time Location Room Unit
Thu, Jun 4 1:30pm Ross Business School R0210 Ross GMBA
Thu, Jun 18 3pm International Center Conference Room Ross MM
Fri, Jun 26 1pm Art & Architecture Building 1227 Architecture & Dent DDS
Wed, Jul 1 1pm Michigan Union Pendleton Room ELI
Thu, Jul 2 1pm Dental School G580 Dental
Tue, Jul 14 1pm TBD TBD ELI Anjou Korean program
Wed, Jul 29 2pm CC Little 1518 GSIs

Returning and Change of Level Students Check-In Sessions

Date Time Location Room
Tue, Jan 6 11am International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jan 9 2pm International Center Conference Room
Wed, Jan 14 3pm International Center Conference Room


Last reviewed: 06/15