New International Student Check-In


All newly admitted international students are blocked from course registration through an ISS Check-In registration hold. The ISS Check-In registration hold is removed by ISS once the student has been officially admitted by the University and once they have completed the applicable requirements explained at http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What. Students may also visit the ISS Registration Holds webpage for information about how to have other common registration holds removed.
 
Most newly admitted international students who will enroll at Texas A&M University in F-1 or J-1 status will need to submit the “New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In” program through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. This can be done completely online once the student is fully admitted to the University and once they have arrived in the United States.
 
Most newly admitted international students who will enroll at Texas A&M University in any status other than F-1 or J-1 will only need to submit the “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” program through Terra Dotta in order to have their ISS Check-In registration hold removed. This can be done completely online once the student is fully admitted to the University and prior to arriving on campus.
 
The ISS “You are admitted: Now What?” webpage includes very detailed instructions for a wide array of new international student scenarios. These instructions explain how to apply for a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and how to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What to view these detailed instructions.
 
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 webpage for further details.
 
Students who are in the process of applying for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status but have not yet been approved 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.

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.

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."

New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In
All new F-1 and J-1 international students are required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program via ISS-Terra Dotta. Access the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program here to apply and complete the process. If you are currently outside of the United States, you may begin your New F-1/J-1 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 F-1/J-1 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 F-1/J-1 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 F-1/J-1 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 F-1/J-1 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.

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

Verify Sponsor Information
** 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.

New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In
All newly admitted international students in statuses other than F-1 or J-1 should complete the New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In program via ISS-Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed.

New Co-Enrollment Partnership Student Check-In
All newly admitted international students who are participating in one of the Texas A&M Engineering Academies Programs or the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM Program (TEAM) must complete the New Co-Enrollment Partnership Student Check-In program via ISS - Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed.
Students completing the “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” or the “New Students Co-Enrollment Partnerships Check-In” programs described above are not required to upload any documentation into Terra Dotta.

Students completing the “New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In” as well as the “F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In” programs are required to upload documentation into Terra Dotta.
 
The following documents should be uploaded into ISS-Terra Dotta as part of your New F-1/J-1 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.
  1. An electronic or paper I-94 record, accessible at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home. This can only be obtained after you have entered the United States.
  2. All pages of the Form I-20 or DS-2019. Make sure you have signed it! If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another U.S. institution to Texas A&M, you must upload your signed Texas A&M-issued I-20 or DS-2019.
  3. A valid passport.
  4. An F-1 or J-1 visa, if applicable.
  5. Any USCIS Approval Notices for F-1 or J-1 status, if applicable.
 
The following documents should be uploaded into ISS - Terra Dotta as part of your F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program. You do not need to bring any original documentation to ISS unless it is specifically requested of you to do so.
  1. An electronic or paper I-94 record for each dependent that has arrived in the U.S., accessible at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home. This can only be obtained after your dependents have entered the United States.
  2. All pages of the Form I-20 or DS-2019 for each F-2/J-2 dependent. Make sure it has been signed! If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another U.S. institution to Texas A&M, you must upload the signed Texas A&M-issued I-20 or DS-2019.
  3. A valid passport for each dependent
  4. An F-2 or J-2 visa for each dependent, if applicable.
  5. Any USCIS Approval Notices for F-2 or J-2 status, if applicable.