Check-in is Mandatory for all international students.
Once you arrive in the U.S, you will need to complete your "check-in" with the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office, so we can verify your entry documents and Activate your I-20 in SEVIS.
You must have a US address and emergency contact information to complete your check in. The US address must have a valid zip code as well. We recommend you enter the US phone number as well if you have one. If not, please leave it blank.
To complete your registration, you will need to prepare and submit the following documents:
1. Student Personal Record form
2. Copy of your I-94. Instructions on how to get your I-94 record can be found at the bottom of this page.
Please submit these documents to our office at email@example.com as soon as possible after you arrive.
DEADLINE: If you do not complete this process, we will not be able to report your arrival as required by federal regulations and you will fall out of valid F-1/J-1 status. A registration hold will be placed on your account for the next quarter if the check-in process is not completed. After we receive your completed check-in documents, SEVIS activation will be in process from a specific date. Once it is finished, you will be notified via your UCR email.
Please note: we cannot activate your I-20 or DS-2019 if you are starting remotely outside of the United States.
Obtaining your I-94 record
Your I-94 record will only be available AFTER your arrival to the U.S. Click the following link here. Click on “Get Most Recent I-94” and enter your personal information on the next page. Please see the page Travel Documents / Entering the U.S to confirm that your I-20 is correct and for who to contact if you find an error on your I-94.
After you enter the United States, go online to verify and print your I-94. Check that your personal information is accurate and that it states the correct visa type. You can access it at i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94. Please print it and keep a copy with your immigration documents. If you enter through a land border, make sure to ask the CBP officer for an I-94 card. After each international re-entry, please make sure to check and print your new I94 record. If any information on your I94 is incorrect, please contact Deferred Inspection immediately to have your record corrected. Depending on your case, you may be required to report in person or submit documentation by email. The closest deferred inspection site is in Los Angeles:
300 N. Los Angeles St., Room 2067
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday
Phone: (213) 830-5972