Check-In

Mandatory Check-In

All F-1 students must check in with the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) within 10 days of arriving in the United States (if arriving from abroad), and no later than 15 days after the first day of the semester.

All students who received an I-20 from FIU, whether arriving from abroad or already in the United States, must bring the following documents to ISSS at the time of check-in:

  • Valid passport
  • F-1 visa stamped into passport OR proof of change of status within the U.S., i.e. a USCIS I-797 approval notice
  • Form I-94 Arrival Record*
  • FIU I-20**
  • Local U.S. Address (PO Boxes are not acceptable)
  • Foreign Address
  • Name and Phone # for an Emergency Contact
  • Acknowledgement of Responsibility Form completed and signed (You will not be able to check in without this form)
* Students arriving in the U.S. after April 30, 2013 may not receive a paper Form I-94 (and this form will be maintained ONLY electronically after May 21, 2013). After arrival in the U.S. you must access Form I-94 at www.cbp.gov/i94 and print a copy to present to ISSS.
** Students who are already in the United States and DID NOT receive an I-20 from FIU must set up an appointment with an international student advisor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and no later than the first week of classes.

Students Transferring from Other U.S. Institutions:

If your FIU I-20 was issued for “Transfer Pending From: (Previous School Name)” you are REQUIRED to complete the transfer of your SEVIS record by reporting to your new school no later than 15 days after the first day of the semester.

After an ISSS advisor reviews all your documents, if all is in order, you will be issued a new I-20 for “Continued Attendance” which will indicate that the transfer has been completed. You will be notified by email when the new I-20 is ready for pick-up.

Even if you have previously studied in the U.S. you must check-in with ISSS and attend an ISSS International Student Session.

Employment

  • Obtain proper authorization before engaging in any off-campus employment whether the employment is paid or non-paid. (Working without proper authorization constitutes illegal employment, an offense that can lead to deportation.)
  • Refrain from any on-campus employment if/while you are out-of-status.
  • ALWAYS check with the ISSS BEFORE you engage in anything resembling employment, internships, co-op experience, whether paid or unpaid. Avoid putting your immigration status at risk!
  • If you register for a course that consists of an internship, any kind of employment on or off campus, co-op experience, paid or unpaid, or that it has the word “internship” in the nbame of the course. you MUST visit the ISSS Office IMMEDIATELY to obtain approval. Failure to do so may lead to very serious violations of immigration policies.