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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. (FALL SEMESTER ONLY)

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.

Check-in Presentation and Student Responsibility 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
Thu, Jul 24 2-4pm International Center Conference Room

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
Fri, Aug 29 10-11am Ross School of Business R0420
Thu, Sep 4 3-4pm Michigan Union Wolverine ABC
Mon, Sep 8 11am-12pm Michigan Union Wolverine ABC
Tue, Sep 16 2-3pm International Center Conference Room

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

Date Time Location Units
Wed, Jul 23 2-5pm CC Little Building GSIs
Fri, Aug 1 1-3pm Architecture Room 2213 Arch 2yr English training
Wed, Aug 6 1-3:30pm Ross Colloquium Ross MBA
Wed, Aug 20 1-4pm Architecture Room 2213 Arch 2 yr & 3 yr Fall start
Mon, Aug 25 8:45-11:30am NQ 2245 and 2255 School of Information
Mon, Aug 25 1:15-3:30pm SSW Room 1840 School of Social Work
Mon, Aug 25 1-3:30pm 1690 SPH I School of Public Health
Tue, Aug 26 10am-12pm Ross Business School Macc
Tue, Aug 26 1:45-4:30pm 165 Chrysler Center Grad Eng + Entrepreneur
Wed, Aug 27 10am-12pm Ross Business School Ross Global Initiatives (CIBE)
Wed, Aug 27 2-4:30pm 116 Hutchins Hall Law School LLM & SJD
Thu, Aug 28 10:30am-12:30pm Room 2044, Moore Buildling (Music School) School of Music
Thu, Aug 28 1-3:30pm Law School JD


Last reviewed: 07/14