Check-In


The purpose of New Student Check-Ins is to ensure that international students have arrived in the U.S. and are complying with federal regulations. All newly admitted international students are blocked from course registration at Texas A&M through an ISS Check-In Registration hold. ISS removes this ISS Check-In Registration hold once the student has received official admission from the university and once they have completed specific requirements. 

NOTE: International Student Services (ISS) no longer requires new international students or their dependents to complete an in-person Check-In process. All New Student and Dependent Check-Ins are now fully completed online through ISS – Terra Dotta.

Frequently Asked Questions about Check-In

Each student admitted to Texas A&M University will have holds automatically applied to their account from various offices and departments on campus.  While ISS cannot list every single possibility for all students, we have listed below the most common offices that may place a hold on a student's account and direct links to assist students in resolving these holds.

Office of Admissions
The Office of Admissions may place holds on students’ accounts if they have not submitted all required documentation necessary to be admitted to Texas A&M University. Students should provide or make arrangements to provide any missing documents to the Office of Admissions. More information can be found on their website at http://admissions.tamu.edu/

English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE)
International graduate students who wish to serve in teaching positions who have not met certification requirements prior to enrollment can certify by passing the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) offered by Testing Services on the Texas A&M campus. If you have a hold associated with ELPE, you may need to arrange to take the ELPE. Please refer to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies website for more information found at http://ogaps.tamu.edu/English-Language-Proficiency-Exam
 
Health Insurance
Students studying at Texas A&M University under J status and their dependents who have not provided proof of medical coverage may have holds on their account. To remove these holds, these students would have to submit proof of health insurance to ISS. More information can be found at http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Health-Insurance
 
Bacterial Meningitis
Texas Senate Bill 1107 (now TEC 51.9192) requires all students* entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before the first day of the semester. For the most up-to-date and detailed information about this requirement, please visit the Office of Admissions’ Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement webpage at http://admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis.aspx
 
Tuberculosis Screening
Many students are required to provide proof of Tuberculosis Screening results to the A.P. Beutel Health Center. Please refer to the Student Health Services Website at https://shs.tamu.edu/immunizations/ for more information.
 
Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor
If a new/transfer student will be under the age of 18 on the first day of university classes, a "Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor" is required in order to provide legal consent for any possible medical care should it be necessary. Please visit Student Health Service's website for the most up-to-date forms located at https://shs.tamu.edu/forms/.  Once completed this form should be sent directly via email to patientservices@shs.tamu.edu.
New international students admitted to Texas A&M University at Galveston, the Texas A&M University School of Law, or the Texas A&M Health Science Center are still required to complete the applicable ISS programs in Terra Dotta per their immigration status. Please refer to the relevant sections on this webpage for details about the specific requirements.

Newly admitted international students who will be attending Texas A&M University at Galveston, the Texas A&M University School of Law, or the Texas A&M Health Science Center should visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Resources/Campuses for additional resources and information, including the contact information for your campus ISS liaison. You should contact your campus liaison to determine whether you are required to meet with them in person upon your arrival to campus. However, please note that the ISS programs in Terra Dotta do not require that you meet with your campus liaison for a complete check-in submission.
 
Students who are in the process of applying for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status but have not yet received approval are considered to be international students and must follow the instructions on this page that apply to their current immigration status. Newly admitted students who already have U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident Status are NOT considered international students. These students should provide evidence of their Lawful Permanent Resident status to the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions so that their University record is updated accurately. If necessary, the Office of Admissions can remove the ISS Check-In registration hold if the student is already a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident. 
 
New international students who will enroll in J-1 status with a DS-2019 issued by a program sponsor other than ISS at Texas A&M University do not need to request a Form DS-2019 from ISS. Examples of this type of student include those who are sponsored by Fulbright or LASPAU. After arriving in the U.S., J-1 students with a DS-2019 issued by another program sponsor are then required to complete BOTH the J-1 Initial Student Check-In program and the Verify Sponsor Information Program below in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Students who are accompanied by dependents are also expected to complete the J-2 Dependent Check-In for the Initial J-1 Student Check-In to be considered complete. 
New international students who are primarily enrolled at another U.S. institution, will be enrolling at Texas A&M University on a part-time and temporary basis, and will not need to receive a Form I-20 or DS-2019 from ISS should follow the instructions below to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed: 
  • If the student will be physically located on campus and they are in F-1 or J-1 student status, please complete the Distance Learner Check-In detailed in the New Student Check-In section below.  
  • If the student will be physically located on-campus and they are in any status other than F-1 or J-1, the student will need to complete the Other Immigration Status Check-In program described below.
International students who will be enrolling fully as distance education students should submit the Distance Learner Check-In program described in the New Student Check-In Programs section below in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed.
 


 

New Student Check-In Programs

In order for any New Student Check-In to be complete, students must fulfill all requirements listed within the Terra Dotta program specific to their check-in type.  Students may start any Terra Dotta program prior to meeting all requirements. However, if an incomplete check-in is submitted to ISS, the incomplete check-in will be returned to the student. Students currently outside the United States who were issued an Initial I-20 or Initial DS-2019 will need to be INSIDE the United States to have a complete student check-in. For students transferring to Texas A&M University you must have your Texas A&M I-20/DS-2019 signed by both ISS and yourself before your Check-In can be complete. Once your Check-In is complete by ISS standards, your Check-In Registration hold will be removed.

Below we have listed all check-in programs currently available based on a student's situation. Please navigate to the appropriate section to find more information about how to complete check-ins. 

Please be advised that students entering the United States on Initial F-1 documents cannot submit the Initial F-1 Student Check-In until AFTER they have arrived in the United States. Students entering the United States in Initial F-1 status are not permitted to enter more than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their Form I-20. Please plan accordingly.
 
F-1 students must complete the Initial F-1 Student Check-In through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Students who were accompanied by dependents are also expected to complete the F-2 Dependent Check-In in order for the Initial F-1 Student Check-In to be considered complete.
 
Required Documents:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • CBP Entry Stamp, if available
  • A signed copy of your initial form I-20, all pages.
 
Special Situations which Require Additional Programs for Check-In  
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the Initial F-1 Student Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.

Submit your Initial F-1 Student Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10058 or by clicking Apply Now below.

F-1 students who transferred their SEVIS record from another SEVP Certified School to Texas A&M University must complete the Transfer F-1 Student Check-In through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Students who were accompanied by dependents are also expected to complete the F-2 Dependent Check-In in order for the Transfer F-1 Student Check-In to be considered complete.
 
Possible Required Documents, based on student's situation:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • CBP Entry Stamp, if available
  • A signed copy of your "Transfer Pending" Form I-20 issued by Texas A&M University, all pages.
  • Change of Status Approval Notices, if applicable
 
Special Situations which Require Additional Programs for Check-In  
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the Transfer F-1 Student Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.
 
Submit your Transfer F-1 Student Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10126 or by clicking Apply Now below.

In order to make sure that the dependent information is correct, the F-1 primary visa holder needs to verify their F-2 dependents' information by completing the F-2 Dependent Check-In process through the Terra Dotta System.
 
Possible Required Documents, based on student's situation:
  • Dependent(s) Passport(s)
  • Dependent(s) Visa (s)
  • Dependent(s) I-94 (s) showing they entered in F-2  status
  • A signed copy of your dependent(s) Form I-20(s), all pages.
  • Change of Status Approval Notices for your Dependents, if applicable
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the F-2 Dependent Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.
 
For additional resources related to F-2 dependents, please visit https://iss.tamu.edu/Resources/Dependent-Handbook

Submit your F-2 Dependent Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10060 or by clicking Apply Now below.

Please be advised that students entering the United States on Initial J-1 documents cannot submit the Initial J-1 Student Check-In until AFTER they have arrived in the United States. Students entering the United States in Initial J-1 status are not permitted to enter more than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their Form DS-2019. Please plan accordingly.
 
J-1 students must complete the Initial J-1 Student Check-In through Terra Dotta to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Students who were accompanied by dependents are also expected to complete the J-2 Dependent Check-In for the Initial J-1 Student Check-In to be considered complete.
 
Required Documents:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • CBP Entry Stamp, if available
  • A signed copy of your Texas A&M Issued Form DS-2019
 
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the Initial J-1 Student Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.
 
Special Situations which Require Additional Programs for Check-In Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the J-1 Initial Student Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.

Submit your Initial J-1 Student Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10059 or by clicking Apply Now below.

J-1 students who transferred their SEVIS record from another SEVP Certified School to Texas A&M University must complete the Transfer J-1 Student Check-In through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Students who were accompanied by dependents are also expected to complete the J-2 Dependent Check-In in order for the Transfer J-1 Student Check-In to be considered complete.
 
Possible Required Documents based on student's situation:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • CBP Entry Stamp, if available
  • A signed copy of your Texas A&M Issued Form DS-2019, all pages.
  • Change of Status Approval Notices, if applicable
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the J-1 Transfer Student Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.
 
Special Situations which Require Additional Programs for Check-In Submit your Transfer J-1 Student Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10127 or by clicking Apply Now below.

To ensure that the dependent information is correct, the J-1 primary visa holder needs to verify their J-2 dependents' information by completing the J-2 Dependent Check-In process through the Terra Dotta System.
 
Possible Required Documents, based on student's situation:
  • Dependent(s) Passport(s)
  • Dependent(s) Visa (s)
  • Dependent(s) I-94 (s) showing they entered in J-2  status, if applicable
  • A signed copy of your dependent(s) Form DS-2019(s), all pages.
  • Change of Status Approval Notices for your Dependents, if applicable
 
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the J-2 Dependent Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.
 
For additional resources related to J-2 dependents, please visit https://iss.tamu.edu/Resources/Dependent-Handbook.

Submit your J-2 Dependent Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10061 or by clicking Apply Now below.

Newly admitted international students in statuses other than F-1 or J-1 who will be enrolling on-campus must complete this check-in for their ISS check-in hold to be removed.
 
No documents are required to submit this check-in.
 
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the Other Immigration Status Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.

Submit your Other Immigration Status Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10047 or by clicking Apply Now below.

F-1 and J-1 international students recently admitted to one of the Engineering Academy Programs or TEAM will need to complete this check-in to have the initial ISS Check-In registration hold removed.
 
F-1 and J-1 international students participating in one of these programs should consult their partner institution whether they will being their primary enrollment regarding issuance of an initial Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. ISS at Texas A&M University will not issue the Form I-20/DS-2019 until the student is ready to enter a degree-granting major.
 
No documents are required to submit this check-in.
 
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the Co-Enrollment Partnership Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.
 
Please visit https://iss.tamu.edu/Resources/Campuses/International-Student-Participation-in-Texas-A-M-U for additional information.

Submit your Co-Enrollment Partnership Check-In by navigating to https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10051 or by clicking Apply Now below.

Newly admitted international students who will be completing their enrollment as a distance education student must complete this check-in for their ISS check-in hold to be removed. This includes the following groups of students:
  • Students who will fully enroll in their academic program from outside of the U.S.
  • Students who will fully enroll in their academic program from inside the U.S. but do not plan to physically attend any on-campus classes.
  • Students who will be Co-Enrolling at Texas A&M University in F or J student status. 
For most students, no documents are required to submit this check-in.
 
Detailed instructions and information on how to complete the Distance Learner Check-In are available within the program in Terra Dotta.

Submit your Distance Learner Check-In by navigating to http://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10135 or by clicking Apply Now below.