International (Immigration) Orientation and Check-in
International (Immigration) Orientation and Immigration Check-in are mandatory for all new F-1 or J-1 students (first-year, transfer, and graduate), including current FAU students who have requested a change of status to F-1 from another visa category or changing degree levels.
*Please note that students on F or J visas are not permitted to enter the United States earlier than 30 days before the start date of their program listed on their I-20 or DS-2019
Important: During COVID-19 International Orientation and Check-in will be conducted remotely via Webex. You will be receiving the invitation through your FAU email address. Dates and times are as listed below and in the registration form.
Please login with your FAU net id and password and on the left navigation menu select "New International Student" and "Immigration Orientation & Check-In Reservation"
International (Immigration) Orientation
All international students who are starting as a new student, changing status, or changing level of study, must sign up and attend Immigration Orientation. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in negative immigration consequences. Please note that initial students who are NOT in the United States are welcomed, but not required to attend. They will be required to attend upon arrival to the U.S. Only new students who are able to enter the U.S. are required to attend the International Orientation and Check-in
F-1 INTERNATIONAL (IMMIGRATION) ORIENTATION (F-1 students)
J-1 INTERNATIONAL (IMMIGRATION) ORIENTATION (J-1 Students)
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location : Virtual (link to the Webex meeting will be provided to your FAU email)
Please note that in addition to the Immigration Orientation for New International Students, you will also need to attend one of the following university orientations:
If you are a First-Year Student (formerly known as freshman):
- Attend SOAR:
- For more information about the first-year orientation please visit https://www.fau.edu/orientation/freshman/dates/
If you are a Transfer Student :
- For more information about the university wider transfer orientation please visit https://www.fau.edu/orientation/transfer/
If you are a Graduate Student :
Graduate Student Orientation:
- Location: Grand Palm Room, Student Union
- For more information about the Graduate Student Orientation please visit: http://www.fau.edu/graduate/current-students/orientation.php
If you are a Graduate Teaching Assistant
If you are a Graduate Student AND a
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) you will also need to attend:
- For more information please visit: http://www.fau.edu/graduate/events/gtaorientation.php
SITA (Seminar for International Teaching Assistants) Panel Presentation:
- For more information please visit: http://www.fau.edu/international/internationalassistants.php
- GTA Orientation:
- If you are a Graduate Student AND a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) you will also need to attend:
Please note that only students who entered the United States are required to do Immigration check-in. The process takes approximately 30 min of time.
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What to expect during immigration check-in:
Due to COVID-19 the International (Immigration) Orientation and check in are conducted on line through Webex meeting. The information will be provided through your FAU email.
During the immigration check-in you will do the following:
- You will use our automated form to submit your most up to date personal information;
- Sign the Responsibility Form;
- Upload copies of your check-in documents through the e-form
Have already scanned / access to electronic copies of the following documents at the time of check-in:
- Valid Passport with your valid F1/J1 visa stamp
- SEVIS Fee Receipt - retrieved online from https://www.fmjfee.com
- Signed I-20 or DS-2019
- I-94 form - you will be able to download the I-94 form ahead of time from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/
*Students transferring from another U.S. school must provide a copy of the I-20 issued by the previous institution.
Students who are already in the U.S., wish to gain F-1 status, and did not receive an I-20 from FAU must contact the ISS Office immediately to determine whether a change of status is required.
Attention graduate students who have assistantships but do not have a social security number (SSN): You must wait 7-10 days after entering the U.S. before applying for the SSN. Allow approximately one month to have the number in hand. Visit the SSN application requirements.