New International Student Check-In


Any Texas A&M University student who is not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident is considered to be an international student. All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to complete an online New Student Check-In with ISS through Terra Dotta. The purpose of the New Student Check-In is to confirm that F-1 and J-1 international 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 complete the New Student Check-In through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Visit the ISS Registration Holds webpage for information about how to have other common registration holds removed.

 
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.
Students who will be attending a Texas A&M University campus that is located outside of College Station, TX should visit the Campuses section of the ISS website for additional resources and information, including the contact information for your campus liaison to ISS. Students participating in one of the Engineering Academy programs or TEAM will not be required to do the full ISS Check-In process when first admitted to the University. Please visit the International Student Participation in Texas A&M University Co-Enrollment Partnerships web page for further details.

To learn more about other available programs in ISS – Terra Dotta and how to access them, please visit the ISS – Terra Dotta webpage. If you click on the links below and are directed to a page that asks you how you will be logging in, you should select "I have a username and password." You will then log in with your Texas A&M University NetID and associated Password. Then, you will select the semester for which you are completing the New Student Check-In and click "Apply."

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

** If you are a sponsored student, you are also required to complete the Verify Sponsor Information program via ISS- Terra Dotta. Access the Verify Sponsor Information program here to complete this process.
The following documents should be uploaded into ISS - Terra Dotta as part of your New Student Check-In program. You do not need to bring any original documentation to ISS unless it is specifically requested of you to do so.

If you are currently outside of the United States, you may begin your New Student Check-In program in ISS – Terra Dotta before you enter the U.S. but you may not submit it until after you have entered the U.S. because you will be required to include a copy of your most recently received I-94 record. If you submit your New Student Check-In program to ISS without a copy of your most recent I-94 record, your Check-In will be considered incomplete and the ISS registration hold will not be removed until you upload this document to complete your record.

If you are currently in the process of having your F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record transferred to Texas A&M University, you may begin your New Student Check-In program in ISS – Terra Dotta before you have received your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from ISS, but you may not submit the New Student Check-In program in ISS – Terra Dotta until after you have received and signed your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. If you submit your New Student Check-In program to ISS without a copy of your most recent I-20/DS-2019 issued by ISS, your Check-In will be considered incomplete and the ISS registration hold will not be removed until you upload this document to complete your record.

  • All pages of your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility (make sure you have signed it!)
  • Valid passport
  • F-1 or J-1 visa (if applicable)
  • F-1 or J-1 admissions stamp in your passport (if applicable)
  • USCIS Approval Notice for F-1 or J-1 status (if applicable)
  • Electronic or paper I-94 record (if applicable, accessible at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
  • If you have any F-2 or J-2 dependents, you will also be required to upload copies of their immigration documents into the Dependent Check-In program via ISS – Terra Dotta. These immigration documents include the passport, F-2/J-2 I-20/DS-2019, visa, admissions stamp, I-94 record, and USICS approval notices (as applicable).