New Arrival Check-In Process

When you arrive at UCSB, OISS needs to check you in. This means that we confirm you have physically arrived at UCSB and that your entry has been properly recorded´╗┐. Check-in is a one-time procedure mandated by U.S. law governing the F-1 and J-1 student program. Once you have uploaded your documents, you must come to OISS to check-in, in person, to show that you have arrived at UCSB. You must check-in personally. You may not have a friend or family member do it for you.

International Student Check-In is easier than ever! You can upload your documents in advance using Portal.

The documents required after arrival in the US are images of:

  1. The personal page from your passport (showing your name and passport number)passport sample
  2. The visa stamp in your passport (F-1 or J-1 visa)
    visa sample
  3. The I-94 showing your date of entry (download here after you enter the U.S.)
    i94 sample

Portal1) Upload these 3 documents to using the International Student Portal. If you have dependents with you on F-2 or J-2 visa, you must upload these documents for each dependent.

2) Visit OISS to complete check in.

Students with appointments have priority, so there may be a wait.

FINAL WEEK for CHECK IN: October 2-6, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

During your appointment, OISS will confirm receipt and validity of your uploaded documents, and confirm you have arrived. Please bring the documents you uploaded with you to your appointment. That way, if there is any issue, we will be able to fix it as quickly as possible.