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New Students


 

 

Information for New Students

Welcome to the University of Minnesota!

We are thrilled you have chosen to attend the University of Minnesota. In order to ensure the University of Minnesota can verify your immigration status, there is currently a hold on your record that will prevent you from registering for classes.

This hold will be lifted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for your initial course registration after you complete the Global Gopher Online Orientation and Immigration Check-in requirements listed below. Please contact ISSS if you have any questions.

Before you arrive on campus:

All new international students must complete the Global Gopher Online Orientation prior to their Immigration Check-in. In order to access this online orientation, you will need to activate your U of M Internet ID and password. Please note, the Global Gopher Online Orientation will not be available until April 1, 2015.

What is the Global Gopher Online Orientation?

The Global Gopher Online Orientation is an interactive tool created to help you learn about your immigration status and prepare for success at the University of Minnesota. It is mandatory for all new international students, and you must complete the required elements before attending your Immigration Check-in.

After you arrive on campus:

All new international students will need to complete an Immigration Check-in.

What will happen at the Immigration Check-in?

As part of the Immigration Check-in, you will provide several documents to ISSS so the University of Minnesota can verify your eligibility to take courses during the upcoming semester. As part of this Check-in, you will also be given information about immigration and your responsibilities as an international student.

Click on your student type below to learn about when your Immigration Check-in will occur and what documentation you are required to bring.

Undergraduate Students

When will my Immigration Check-in occur?
Your Immigration Check-in will occur as part of your New Student Orientation. Visit Orientation and First Year Programs' website and select “Freshman” or “Transfer” orientation for more information.

What should I bring to my Immigration Check-in?
You must bring the original and a copy of the following immigration documents:

  1. Your passport identification/picture page
  2. F-1 visa page from your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  3. Entry stamp from your passport (make the copies after you arrive in the U.S.)
  4. Your I-20

Please note, ISSS staff will not be able to make copies of your documents during the Immigration Check-In. You can make copies on campus at University Libraries or Printing Services.

Will the hold on my record be removed after I attend Immigration Check-in?
ISSS will temporarily remove the hold on your record so you can register for your first semester of classes. The hold will be permanently removed after you attend the New International Student Seminar (NISS) later in the semester. You will not be allowed to register for classes for your second semester until you attend NISS.

For your convenience, we have also prepared an International Undergraduate Student Flier with this information that you can download and print.

Graduate, Professional, and Non-Degree Students

When will my Immigration Check-in occur?
You will sign up for an Immigration Check-in session as part of the Global Gopher Online Orientation. After you select your session, a reminder with the date and time of your session will be emailed to your University of Minnesota account.

What should I bring to my Immigration Check-in?
You must bring the original and a copy * of the following immigration documents:

  1. Your passport identification/picture page
  2. F-1/J-1 visa page from your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  3. Entry stamp from your passport (make the copies after you arrive in the U.S.)
  4. Your I-20 (F-1 visa students) or your DS-2019 (J-1 visa students)
  5. If you have F-2 or J-2 dependents, bring the original and a copy of their passport(s), F-2/J-2 visa page(s), entry stamp page(s) (dependents do not need to attend Immigration Check-in)

Please note, ISSS staff will not be able to make copies of your documents during the Immigration Check-In. You can make copies on campus at University Libraries or Printing Services.

Will the hold on my record be removed after I attend Immigration Check-in?
Yes, ISSS will permanently remove the hold on your record after you complete your Immigration Check-in.

For your convenience, we have also prepared an International Graduate, Professional, and Non-Degree Student Flier with this information that you can download and print.

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