New International Student Check-In


Any Texas A&M University student who is not a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident is considered to be an international student. All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to attend the International Student Check-In with ISS. The purpose of the International Student Check-In is to confirm that students have arrived in the U.S. and are complying with federal regulations. Prior to their arrival, all international students are blocked from course registration. F-1 and J-1 students must attend Check-In in order to have the registration hold removed.  Please speak with your academic department before selecting a Check-In appointment to make sure that the appointment will not conflict with any departmental obligations.
 

All new F-1 and J-1 international students are required to complete the Check-In process via ISS - Terra Dotta. Access the New Student Check-In program here to apply and complete the process.

** If you have an F-2/J-2 dependent, you are also required to complete the Dependent Check-In thru ISS - Terra Dotta. Access Dependent Check-In here to apply and complete this process.

** If you are a sponsored student, you are also required to Verify Sponsor Information thru ISS- Terra Dotta. Access Verify Sponsor Information here to complete the Sponsor Verificaiton process.

To learn more about other available programs and how to appy, you can go to ISS - Terra Dotta in ISS official website.
 
You can also view the ISS Check In schedule on the ISS Calendar
 
Walk Ins: Located at Pavilion Room 110 (NO Appointment Needed):
May 14, 2018-July 26, 2018 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
 
***All Wednesday Check In dates will be from 8:30 am to 11:30 am ONLY***
 
Registration for Summer/Fall 2018 Check-In: ***If you will check in with ISS on or after July 30, 2018,  please schedule an appointment at http://ers.tamu.edu/
 
Early Check In: ERS Registration is required; Located at Pavilion Room 110:
July 30, 2018-July 31, 2018 | August 2, 2018-August 13, 2018 | August 17, 2018 and August 22, 2018 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm

***All Wednesday Check In dates will be from 8:30 am to 11:30 am ONLY***
 
Main Check In: ERS Registration is required; Located at Student Computing Center, 2nd Floor: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018-8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday, August 15, 2018- 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 16, 2018- 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, August 20, 2018- 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 21, 2018- 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
 
Note: ISS will NOT be conducting any Check-Ins on Friday, July 27, 2018. All ISS advisors will be unavailable due to office professional development event.

ISS will NOT be conducting any Check-Ins on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. All ISS advisors will be unavailable due to a professional development event.

ISS will NOT be conducting any Check-In appointments on Thursday, August 23, 2018. We encourage all new International students to attend the International Student Conference taking place that day.
 
 
*** Check-In will take at least one hour to complete. Please do not arrive at Check-In until your assigned time. ***

Please go through The Mandatory Check-In Steps. These steps are to be completed on the day of check-in. Some of these steps can be done before check-in.

How to Prepare for Check-In:
  • Visit the Beutel Health Center to provide proof of tuberculosis screening.
  • If you have a job on-campus, make sure that you send a scanned copy of your job offer letter to iss@tamu.edu and include your full name and UIN or submit at the ISS front desk.
  • Familiarize yourself with Texas A&M University Health Insurance Requirements at ISS Health Insurance page.
  • Check the Howdy Portal for registration holds and try to resolve them before your Check-In appointment.
  • Update your emergency contact information as well as your foreign & local addresses on the Howdy Portal.
  • The following documents should be uploaded into ISS-Terra Dotta as part of your New Student Check in program. You must bring the following original documents with you to Check-In . An ISS staff member will scan the original documents during Check-In.

    • Original I-20/DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility (stamped at the port of entry) for the student and any dependents
    • Original passport, visa, admissions stamp in passport, and electronic or paper I-94 card for the student and any dependents
    • Please visit following link to get your most recent I-94 : https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
                         
                         
    Bring the documents mentioned above as well as the following:
    • If you have not received an I-20 or DS-2019 from Texas A&M, please bring all documents pending with International Student Services listed in your Applicant Information System (AIS).

  • Volunteers are needed in order to help make this Check In a success! You do not have to be associated with Texas A&M University in order to volunteer for this event.
  • Volunteer tasks may include but are not limited to assisting with the attendee registration process, helping with updating their address, attendees navigate the venue. You are welcomed and encouraged to sign up for more than one timeslot below!
  • Volunteer Registration for Welcome Desk and Howdy Portal Station for the Summer/Fall 2018 Check-In: To Be Determined