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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.


Fall 2014

Undergraduate Students

If you are an undergraduate student, your check-in session will be part of the International Undergraduate Orientation co-sponsored by the Office of New Student Programs and the International Center. Please visit this website for more information or contact ONSP directly at (734) 764-6413 or

Rackham Graduate Students

Please visit the website below for more information on your check-in, orientation and other helpful advice for Rackham International Students.

Helpful Information for Rackham Graduate Students

The check-in session for Rackham Graduate Students is on August 21, 2014. There will be multiple sessions offered on this day; you are only required to attend one session. To register for your check-in session, please go to:

Please remember this registration is ONLY for Rackham Graduate Students

Non-Rackham Graduate Students

If you are pursuing a Masters or a Doctorate degree and you are not part of the Rackham Graduate School, then your check-in session will be coordinated with your individual department. Please see the table below for more details on when your check-in session will take place. For more information on the session itself and/or how to register, please contact your department.

Department Date Time Location
Architecture 2yr English Training Fri, Aug 1 1:00 PM Taubman College of Architecture Room 2213
MBA Wed, Aug 6 1:00 PM Ross Business School Colloquium
Architecture 2yr & 3yr Fall Start Wed, Aug 20 1:00 PM Taubman College of Architecture Room 2213
School of Information Mon, Aug 25 8:45 AM North Quad 2255
School of Public Health Mon, Aug 25 1:00 PM School of Public Health I Room 1690
School of Social Work Mon, Aug 25 1:00 PM School of Social Work Room 1840
JD Tue, Aug 26 9:00 AM Law School 220 Hutchins Hall
Masters of Accounting Tue, Aug 26 10:00 AM Ross Business School Room TBD
Graduate Engineering & Entrepreneurship Tue, Aug 26 1:45 PM 165 Chrysler Center
Ross Global Initiatives Wed, Aug 27 10:00 AM Ross Business School Room TBD
LL.M. & SJD Wed, Aug 27 2:00 PM Law School 116 Hutchins Hall
School of Music, Theater & Dance Thu, Aug 28 10:30 AM School of Music 2044 Moore Bldg.

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. To register for one of these sessions, please click the link below:

You may ONLY register for one of these sessions if you meet the criteria listed above. If you register and you are not eligible, you will be refused entry upon arrival.

Make-Up Sessions

Students should make every possible attempt to attend the check-in that they are scheduled for (see above). If you do miss your check-in session, you MUST attend a make-up session with our office. Once you miss your assigned check-in session, you will receive an e-mail from our office with information on how to register for a make-up session. You may also register at the link below.

Register for Make-Up Sessions

If you fail to attend a mandatory immigration check-in session, you will lose your immigration status and your ability to study in the United States. Please take care of this requirement as soon as possible!

Returner/Change of Level students

If you have missed the check-in session that you signed up for, please visit the link below to sign up for another Returner/Change of Level check-in session. You MUST complete one of these sessions in order to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status. Please remember that the sessions at the link below are ONLY for Returner or Change of Level students.

Register for Returner / Change of Level Sessions


Last reviewed: 08/14