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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 an AI 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 International Student Preparation Course and Immigration Check-in requirements listed below.

Please note, many international students have at least two holds on their record when they arrive at the University of Minnesota, so make sure to visit MyU and navigate to the "Holds" tab to see if there are any others on your record (learn how here). All of these holds will need to be removed before you will be allowed to register.

Contact ISSS if you have any questions.

Before you arrive on campus:

All new international students must complete the International Student Preparation Course prior to their Immigration Check-in.

What is the International Student Preparation Course?

The International Student Preparation Course 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 should complete the required elements before attending your Immigration Check-in.

A Note for Transfer Students: The International Student Preparation Course is different from OFYP's Transfer Student Online Orientation. You should complete both orientations before attending Transfer Student Orientation and 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?

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

Are you a Sponsored Student? Click here

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.

Transfer Students, Please Note: Immigration Check-In for transfer students is a two-part program held in the morning and afternoon. You must attend both sessions.

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 pages
  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 AI hold on your record so you can register for your first semester of classes. Make sure to go to MyU and navigate to the "Holds" webpage to see if there are other holds on your record that you will need to get removed before you will be allowed to register. Transfer students must attend both the morning and afternoon sections of Immigration Check-In to have their AI Hold removed.

ISSS's 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 also prepared a printable International Undergraduate Student Flier with this information.

Graduate and Professional Degree Students

Are you a Sponsored Student? Click here

Register for Your Immigration Check In while completing the Upon Arrival Module in the International Student Preparation Course
Upon Arrival module screen where
you will be directed to the Immigration
Check-in Reservation system
(click to enlarge)

When will my Immigration Check-in occur?

You will sign up for an Immigration Check-in session while completing the "Upon Arrival" module in the International Student Preparation Course. 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 AI hold on your record after you complete your Immigration Check-in. Make sure to go to MyU and navigate to the "Holds" webpage to see if there are other holds on your record that you will need to get removed before you will be allowed to register.

For your convenience, we also prepared printable fliers with this information for Graduate and Professional Degree Students.

Non-Degree Students

Are you a Sponsored Student? Click here

Register for Your Immigration Check In while completing the Upon Arrival Module in the International Student Preparation Course
Upon Arrival module screen where
you will be directed to the Immigration
Check-in Reservation system
(click to enlarge)

When will my Immigration Check-in occur?

You will sign up for an Immigration Check-in session while completing the "Upon Arrival" module in the International Student Preparation Course. 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)

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 AI hold on your record after you complete your Immigration Check-in. Make sure to go to MyU and navigate to the "Holds" webpage to see if there are other holds on your record that you will need to get removed before you will be allowed to register.

Are there other meetings I need to do?
All non-degree students must attend an mandatory meeting with their exchange coordinator.

For your convenience, we also prepared printable fliers with this information for Non-Degree Students.

GPS