You are admitted: Now What?


The purpose of this webpage is to explain the procedures that newly admitted international students will need to take with International Student Services (ISS) prior to their arrival on campus and/or prior to enrollment. Click on the section(s) that best pertain to your situation for detailed instructions.
 
Newly admitted international students should no longer submit documentation to ISS through the Applicant Information System (AIS). Effective immediately for all international students admitted for the Summer and Fall 2019 terms, new international students should now submit documentation to ISS through Terra Dotta software. Those students who already submitted documentation to ISS through AIS for Summer or Fall 2019 admission will need to resubmit this documentation through Terra Dotta, following the procedures explained below.
 
ISS is now using Terra Dotta software to manage international student records. For more information about ISS’ Terra Dotta system and direct links to all programs currently available to students in Terra Dotta, please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Side-Menu/TerraDotta.

Texas A&M University Definition of International Student
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. 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.
 
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 specific requirements (explained in detail below). Students may also visit the ISS Registration Holds webpage for information about how to have other common registration holds removed. 

New Student I-20 Request

Most new international students who will enroll in F-1 status must receive a Form I-20 from ISS prior to enrolling at Texas A&M. Most F-1 students will need this I-20 in order to obtain an F-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate outside of the U.S. and therefore in order to enter the U.S. Newly admitted international students who plan to enroll in F-1 status with an I-20 issued by Texas A&M University should follow the procedures outlined in this section in order to apply for a Form I-20 from ISS.
 
Applying for an I-20 from ISS
  1. Verify that your name in the University system matches your name as it appears on your passport, with the exclusion of any special characters. Please note that SEVIS (the system used to generate I-20s) does not allow any special characters in the name fields. If your name includes special characters that appear on your University record, it is recommended that you update your record with the Office of Admissions to exclude special characters before submitting the New Student I-20 Request through Terra Dotta. This way you will better ensure that your name appears consistently in all government systems. If special characters are included in the name field on a student’s University record, this will delay the processing of the Form I-20.
  2. After you are officially admitted to Texas A&M, visit https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10045 to access the “New Student I-20 Request” program through Terra Dotta. Login using NetID and Password.
  3. Select the appropriate term of intended enrollment. The student must be officially admitted for this term. If the program is submitted for the incorrect term, the student will need to re-submit the program for the correct term. If the student defers their admission to a later term, they will need to re-submit the program for the correct term.
  4. Review all required learning content and reading material in the program.
  5. Complete all required questionnaires in the program in order to provide ISS with the information that will be necessary in order to process and mail the Form I-20.
  6. Upload a copy of the student’s passport as well as the passports for any F-2 dependents.
  7. Upload evidence of financial resources, described in detail on the ISS Estimated Cost of Attendance webpage.
  8. Verify that a valid “International Permanent” or “IN” address is updated in the Howdy Portal or add one if necessary. Refer to http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Current%20Students/Updating-Your-Local-Address-Phone.pdf for instructions.
  9. If the student will be transferring to Texas A&M from another U.S. institution, verify that there is a valid U.S. address listed as “Student Local Physical” or “SL” in the Howdy Portal and add one if necessary. Refer to http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Current%20Students/Updating-Your-Local-Address-Phone.pdf for instructions.
  10. It is not required to enter a ‘Student Local Mailing’ address into the Howdy Portal. However, if you choose to enter this address type, verify that you DO NOT enter a foreign (non-U.S.) address into the ‘Student Local Mailing’ address field. ISS will have to inactivate this address because it will cause an error with our data feed and this will result in a delay in the processing of your Form I-20.
  11. Verify that you have not entered any special characters into any of your addresses in the Howdy Portal. If special characters are included, ISS will have to contact you to edit the address to exclude special characters. Including special characters in an address will cause an error with our data feed and this will result in a delay in the processing of your Form I-20.
  12. If the student will be participating in a non-degree seeking program, submit a complete International Non Degree or Special Program Department Information Form. This form must be completed and signed by the student’s academic department before it is uploaded into the New Student I-20 Request program.
  13. If the student is already inside the U.S. in a status other than F-1 and will be changing immigration status to F-1, they will be required to schedule an appointment with an ISS Advisor to discuss the change of status process. Prior to the appointment, the student will need to complete an ISS Change of Nonimmigrant Status Intake Form and either email this form to iss@tamu.edu or bring the completed form to the appointment.
  14. Once all required elements of the program have been completed, submit the New Student I-20 Request program so that it can be reviewed by an ISS advisor.
  15. If the submitted program is incomplete, the program may be sent back to the student to resolve. If the program is returned to the student to resolve, the student will need to resubmit it once it is resolved and their processing time will begin again.
  16. If the submitted program is complete, an ISS advisor will process the Form I-20 for the student and any F-2 dependents. The student will be contacted via email once the I-20 has been processed.
English Proficiency
Please note that students must meet the Texas A&M University admission standards regarding English proficiency in order to receive a Form I-20. Visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/ for additional information.
 
SEVIS Transfer
Students who will have their F-1 SEVIS record transferred to Texas A&M from another U.S. institution will need to communicate with the institution that currently manages their active F-1 SEVIS record to request that they transfer the SEVIS record to the appropriate campus below. Please note that ISS cannot issue the Form I-20 until the SEVIS record has been transferred.

F-1 SEVIS School Codes managed by ISS:
Texas A&M University SNA214F00334000 (located in College Station, TX)
Texas A&M University Galveston SNA214F00334001
Texas A&M University School of Law SNA214F00334003
Texas A&M Health Science Center Kingsville HLG214F09976000
Texas A&M Health Science Center McAllen HLG214F09976001
Texas A&M Health Science Center Houston HOU214F00582000
Texas A&M Health Science Center Bryan SNA214F00127000
Texas A&M Health Science Center College Station SNA214F00127003
Texas A&M Health Science Center Round Rock SNA214F00127002
Texas A&M Health Science Center Temple SNA214F00127001
Texas A&M College of Dentistry DAL214F00190000
 
Check-In
After arriving in the U.S. and on-campus, but before enrolling for their first semester, all F-1 students are then required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program with ISS through Terra Dotta. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In is to confirm that the student has arrived in the U.S. and is complying with federal regulations. F-1 students must submit the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program through Terra Dotta and it must be reviewed by an ISS advisor and considered complete in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Those newly admitted F-1 students who have F-2 dependents are also required to complete an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program through Terra Dotta and those who are considered sponsored students are also required to complete a Verify Sponsor Information program through Terra Dotta. Students may visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in for details about the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In, F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In, and Verify Sponsor Information programs.
New Student DS-2019 Request

Most new international students who will enroll in J-1 status must receive a Form DS-2019 from ISS or from a designated program sponsor authorized to issue the Form DS-2019 for Texas A&M prior to enrolling at Texas A&M. Most J-1 students will need this DS-2019 in order to obtain a J-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate outside of the U.S. and therefore in order to enter the U.S. Newly admitted international students who plan to enroll in J-1 status and who will need a Form DS-2019 issued by ISS at Texas A&M University should follow the procedures outlined in this section in order to apply for a Form DS-2019 from ISS.
 
Applying for a DS-2019 from ISS
  1. Verify that your name in the University system matches your name as it appears on your passport, with the exclusion of any special characters. Please note that SEVIS (the system used to generate DS-2019s) does not allow any special characters in the name fields. If your name includes special characters that appear on your University record, it is recommended that you update your record with the Office of Admissions to exclude special characters before submitting the New Student DS-2019 Request through Terra Dotta. This way you will better ensure that your name appears consistently in all government systems. If special characters are included in the name field on a student’s University record, this will delay the processing of the Form DS-2019.
  2. After you are officially admitted to Texas A&M, visit https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10046 to access the “New Student DS-2019 Request” program through Terra Dotta. Login using NetID and Password.
  3. Select the appropriate term of intended enrollment. The student must be officially admitted for this term. If the program is submitted for the incorrect term, the student will need to re-submit the program for the correct term. If the student defers their admission to a later term, they will need to re-submit the program for the correct term.
  4. Review all required learning content and reading material in the program.
  5. Complete all required questionnaires in the program in order to provide ISS with the information that will be necessary in order to process and mail the Form DS-2019.
  6. Upload a copy of the student’s passport as well as the passports for any J-2 dependents.
  7. Upload evidence of financial resources, described in detail on the ISS Estimated Cost of Attendance webpage.
  8. Verify that a valid “International Permanent” or “IN” address is updated in the Howdy Portal or add one if necessary. Refer to http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Current%20Students/Updating-Your-Local-Address-Phone.pdf for instructions.
  9. If the student will be transferring to Texas A&M from another U.S. institution, verify that there is a valid U.S. address listed as “Student Local Physical” or “SL” in the Howdy Portal and add one if necessary. Refer to http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Current%20Students/Updating-Your-Local-Address-Phone.pdf for instructions.
  10. It is not required to enter a ‘Student Local Mailing’ address into the Howdy Portal. However, if you choose to enter this address type, verify that you DO NOT enter a foreign (non-U.S.) address into the ‘Student Local Mailing’ address field. ISS will have to inactivate this address because it will cause an error with our data feed and this will result in a delay in the processing of your Form DS-2019.
  11. Verify that you have not entered any special characters into any of your addresses in the Howdy Portal. If special characters are included, ISS will have to contact you to edit the address to exclude special characters. Including special characters in an address will cause an error with our data feed and this will result in a delay in the processing of your Form DS-2019.
  12. If the student will be participating in a non-degree seeking program, submit a complete International Non Degree or Special Program Department Information Form. This form must be completed and signed by the student’s academic department before it is uploaded into the New Student DS-2019 Request program.
  13. If the student is already inside the U.S. in a status other than J-1 and will be changing immigration status to J-1, they will be required to schedule an appointment with an ISS Advisor to discuss the change of status process. Prior to the appointment, the student will need to complete an ISS Change of Nonimmigrant Status Intake Form and either email this form to iss@tamu.edu or bring the completed form to the appointment.
  14. Once all required elements of the program have been completed, submit the New Student DS-2019 Request program so that it can be reviewed by an ISS advisor.
  15. If the submitted program is incomplete, the program may be sent back to the student to resolve. If the program is returned to the student to resolve, the student will need to resubmit it once it is resolved and their processing time will begin again.
  16. If the submitted program is complete, an ISS advisor will process the Form DS-2019 for the student and any J-2 dependents. The student will be contacted via email once the DS-2019 has been processed.
English Proficiency
Please note that students must meet the Texas A&M University admission standards regarding English proficiency in order to receive a Form DS-2019. Visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/ for additional information.
 
SEVIS Transfer
Students who will have their J-1 SEVIS record transferred to Texas A&M from another U.S. institution will need to communicate with the institution that currently manages their active J-1 SEVIS record to request that they transfer the record. Please note that ISS cannot issue the Form DS-2019 until the SEVIS record has been transferred.

J-1 SEVIS Program Number
Texas A&M University P-1-00260
 
Check-In
After arriving in the U.S. and on-campus, but before enrolling for their first semester, all J-1 students are then required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program with ISS through Terra Dotta. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In is to confirm that the student has arrived in the U.S. and is complying with federal regulations. J-1 students must submit the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program through Terra Dotta and it must be reviewed by an ISS advisor and considered complete in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Those newly admitted J-1 students who have J-2 dependents are also required to complete an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program through Terra Dotta and those who are considered sponsored students are also required to complete a Verify Sponsor Information program through Terra Dotta. Students may visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in for details about the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In, F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In, and Verify Sponsor Information programs.

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 and therefore are not required to complete the New Student DS-2019 Request program explained above. Examples of this type of student include those who are sponsored by Fulbright or LASPAU.
 
Check-In
After arriving in the U.S. and on-campus, J-1 students with a DS-2019 issued by another program sponsor are then required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program with ISS through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. In addition, those newly admitted J-1 students who have J-2 dependents are also required to complete an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program through Terra Dotta and those who are considered sponsored students are also required to complete a Verify Sponsor Information program through Terra Dotta. Students may visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in for details about the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In, F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In, and Verify Sponsor Information programs.

J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request
 
New international students who are participating in a Reciprocal Education Exchange Program (REEP) coordinated through the Texas A&M University Study Abroad Programs Office and who intend to enter the U.S. in J-1 status must receive a Form DS-2019 from ISS in order to obtain a J-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate outside of the U.S. and therefore in order to enter the U.S. Newly admitted REEP international students who plan to enroll in J-1 status should follow the procedures outlined in this section in order to apply for a Form DS-2019 from ISS.
 
Note: Before following the procedures outlined on this page, and before submitting the J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request to ISS, new J-1 REEP students must submit all required documentation to the Texas A&M University Study Abroad Programs Office through the Study Abroad Portal. The Study Abroad Portal is also developed using Terra Dotta but is completely separate from the ISS Terra Dotta site. The Incoming Exchange Students application process through the Study Abroad Portal is required even if the student intends to enter the U.S. in a status other than F-1 or J-1. Please visit http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/Resources/Incoming-Exchange-Students for more information applicable to Incoming Exchange Students.
 
Applying for a J-1 REEP DS-2019 from ISS
  1. Verify that your name in the University system matches your name as it appears on your passport, with the exclusion of any special characters. Please note that SEVIS (the system used to generate DS-2019s) does not allow any special characters in the name fields. If your name includes special characters that appear on your University record, it is recommended that you update your record with the Office of Admissions to exclude special characters before submitting the New Student DS-2019 Request through Terra Dotta. This way you will better ensure that your name appears consistently in all government systems. If special characters are included in the name field on a student’s University record, this will delay the processing of the Form DS-2019.
  2. After you are officially admitted to Texas A&M, visit https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10053 to access the “J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request” program through Terra Dotta. Login using NetID and Password.
  3. Select the appropriate term of intended enrollment. The student must be officially admitted for this term. If the program is submitted for the incorrect term, the student will need to re-submit the program for the correct term. If the student defers their admission to a later term, they will need to re-submit the program for the correct term.
  4. Review all required learning content and reading material in the program.
  5. Complete all required questionnaires in the program in order to provide ISS with the information that will be necessary in order to process and mail the Form DS-2019.
  6. Upload a copy of the student’s passport as well as the passports for any J-2 dependents.
  7. Upload evidence of financial resources, described in detail in the J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request program.
  8. Verify that a valid “International Permanent” or “IN” address is updated in the Howdy Portal or add one if necessary. Refer to http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Current%20Students/Updating-Your-Local-Address-Phone.pdf for instructions.
  9. Verify that you have not entered any special characters into any of your addresses in the Howdy Portal. If special characters are included, ISS will have to contact you to edit the address to exclude special characters. Including special characters in an address will cause an error with our data feed and this will result in a delay in the processing of your Form DS-2019.
  10. Once all required elements of the program have been completed, submit the J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request program so that it can be reviewed by an ISS advisor.
  11. If the submitted program is incomplete, the program may be sent back to the student to resolve. If the program is returned to the student to resolve, the student will need to resubmit it once it is resolved and their processing time will begin again.
  12. If the submitted program is complete, an ISS advisor will process the Form DS-2019 for the student and any J-2 dependents. The student will be contacted via email once the DS-2019 has been processed.
 
Check-In for Exchange Students in Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1
Students participating in an exchange program who will be entering the U.S. in any status other than F-1 or J-1 will need to complete the “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” program through ISS’ Terra Dotta before enrolling for their first semester. This can be done before the student arrives in the U.S. This program is explained in more detail in the New Students with Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1 section below.
 
Check-In for Exchange Students in J-1 Status
Students participating in an exchange program who will be entering the U.S. in J-1 status will need to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program through ISS’ Terra Dotta site before enrolling for their first semester. This can only be done after the student has entered the U.S. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In is to confirm that the student has arrived in the U.S. and is complying with federal regulations. Exchange students must submit the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program through Terra Dotta and it must be reviewed by an ISS advisor and considered complete in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Those newly admitted exchange students who have J-2 dependents are also required to complete an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program through Terra Dotta and those who are considered sponsored students are also required to complete a Verify Sponsor Information program through Terra Dotta. Students may visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in for details about the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In, F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In, and Verify Sponsor Information programs.
New international students who are visiting Texas A&M in College Station as an exchange from Texas A&M University at Qatar will do so through a Reciprocal Education Exchange Program (REEP) coordinated through the Texas A&M University Study Abroad Programs Office. These students will typically need to obtain a Form I-20 from ISS in order to enter the U.S. for the exchange program. However, these students will not use the “New Student I-20 Request” program through ISS’ Terra Dotta system in order to request the Form I-20. Instead, these students should follow the instructions provided to them by the Texas A&M University Study Abroad Programs Office and submit the required documentation through the Study Abroad Portal. ISS will coordinate with the Study Abroad Programs Office to process the Form I-20 for the student.
 
Note: The Study Abroad Portal is also developed using Terra Dotta but is completely separate from the ISS Terra Dotta site. The Incoming Exchange Students application process through the Study Abroad Portal is required even if the student intends to enter the U.S. in a status other than F-1 or J-1. Please visit http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/Resources/Incoming-Exchange-Students for more information applicable to Incoming Exchange Students.
 
Check-In for Exchange Students in Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1
Students participating in an exchange program who will be entering the U.S. in any status other than F-1 or J-1 will need to complete the “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” program through ISS’ Terra Dotta before enrolling for their first semester. This can be done before the student arrives in the U.S. This program is explained in more detail in the New Students with Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1 section below.
 
Check-In for Exchange Students in F-1 Status
Students participating in an exchange program who will be entering the U.S. in F-1 status will need to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program through ISS’ Terra Dotta site before enrolling for their first semester. This can only be done after the student has entered the U.S. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In is to confirm that the student has arrived in the U.S. and is complying with federal regulations. Exchange students must submit the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program through Terra Dotta and it must be reviewed by an ISS advisor and considered complete in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Those newly admitted exchange students who have F-2 dependents are also required to complete an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program through Terra Dotta and those who are considered sponsored students are also required to complete a Verify Sponsor Information program through Terra Dotta. Students may visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in for details about the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In, F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In, and Verify Sponsor Information programs.
New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In

Newly admitted international students in statuses other than F-1 or J-1 will need to take the following actions with ISS:
  1. Once officially admitted, visit https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10047 to access the “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” program through Terra Dotta. Login using NetID and Password.
  2. Select the appropriate term of intended enrollment. The student must be officially admitted for this term. If the program is submitted for the incorrect term, the student will need to re-submit the program for the correct term. If the student defers their admission to a later term, they will need to re-submit the program for the correct term.
  3. Review all required learning content and reading material in the program.
  4. Complete all required questionnaires in the program in order to (1) provide ISS with very basic information about the student’s current immigration status and (2) inform ISS that the student is not currently seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
  5. Submit the New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In program so that it can be reviewed by an ISS advisor.
  6. If it is incomplete, the program may be sent back to the student to resolve. If the program is returned to the student to resolve, the student will need to resubmit it once it is resolved and their processing time will begin again.
  7. If it is considered complete, the ISS Check-In registration hold will be removed.
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 according to their immigration status. Please refer to the applicable 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/Side-Menu/Campuses for additional resources and information, including the contact information for your campus liaison to ISS. You should contact your campus liaison to determine whether you are required to meet with them in person upon your arrival to campus, but please note that the ISS programs in Terra Dotta do not require that you meet with your campus liaison in order to submit them.

  

New Co-Enrollment Partnership Student Check-In

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) should visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Side-Menu/Campuses/Co-enrollment-Partnership for additional information. F-1 and J-1 international students participating in one of the Engineering Academy programs or TEAM should consult the partner institution 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.
 
In order to have the initial ISS Check-In registration hold removed, students admitted to an Engineering Academy or TEAM will need to take the following actions with ISS:
  1. Once officially admitted, visit https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=10051 to access the “New Co-Enrollment Partnership Students Check-In” program through Terra Dotta. Login using NetID and Password.
  2. Select the appropriate term of intended enrollment. The student must be officially admitted for this term. If the program is submitted for the incorrect term, the student will need to re-submit the program for the correct term. If the student defers their admission to a later term, they will need to re-submit the program for the correct term.
  3. Review all required learning content and reading material in the program.
  4. Complete all required questionnaires in the program in order to (1) provide ISS with very basic information about the student’s current immigration status and (2) inform ISS that they are participating in an Engineering Academy or TEAM and therefore do not need a Form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by ISS at this time.
  5. Submit the “New Co-Enrollment Partnership Students Check-In” program so that it can be reviewed by an ISS advisor.
  6. If it is incomplete, the program may be sent back to the student to resolve. If the program is returned to the student to resolve, the student will need to resubmit it once it is resolved and their processing time will begin again.
  7. If it is considered complete, the ISS Check-In registration hold will be removed.
New international students who will be enrolling as distance learning students should visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Distance-Learners for further details. The specific steps they will need to take in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed will depend on their specific situation:
  • If the student will be physically located outside the U.S. during their enrollment, the following should be emailed to iss@tamu.edu. No action will be required in Terra Dotta at this time.
    1. An email from the student’s academic department at Texas A&M University stating that the student is currently outside the U.S. and will be taking courses by distance education. The email should include the student’s full name and UIN.
  • If the student will be physically located inside the U.S. during their enrollment and they are in F-1 or J-1 status, the following should be emailed to iss@tamu.edu. No action will be required in Terra Dotta at this time.
    1. An email from the student’s academic department at Texas A&M University stating that the student is currently inside the U.S. and will be taking courses by distance education. The email should include the student’s full name and UIN.
    2. Proof of co-enrollment authorization or a ‘no objection’ letter from the institution that issued the student’s I-20 or DS-2019 granting them permission to enroll at Texas A&M University
  • If the student will be physically located inside the U.S. during their enrollment and they are in any status other than F-1 or J-1, they should follow the steps outlined in the “New Students with Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1” section above and submit the “New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In” program through Terra Dotta.
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 enrolling only as a distance education student and will not be physical located on campus, please refer to the New Distance Learning International Students section above.
  • If the student will be physically located on-campus and they are in any status other than F-1 or J-1, please refer to the New Students with Statuses Other than F-1 or J-1 section above.
  • If the student will be physically located on campus and they are in F-1 or J-1 status, the following should be emailed to iss@tamu.edu. No action will be required in Terra Dotta at this time.
    1. An email from the student’s academic department at Texas A&M University stating that the student is currently inside the U.S. primarily enrolled at another institution [state the institution] and will be taking courses at Texas A&M on a part-time and temporary basis for the intended semester(s) [state the semester(s)].  The email should include the student’s full name and UIN.
    2. Proof of co-enrollment authorization or a ‘no objection’ letter from the institution that issued the student’s I-20 or DS-2019 granting them permission to enroll at Texas A&M University.
International students who will be resuming enrollment at Texas A&M after a leave of absence should follow the instructions outlined below.

This section also applies to Texas A&M University College Station students who need a new SEVIS record and I-20 or DS-2019 because they are returning to College Station after a semester or more studying at Texas A&M University at Qatar. If a College Station student maintains F-1 status during their enrollment at the Qatar campus, it may not be necessary to follow the steps below.
  • Undergraduate international students returning after a leave of absence should follow the same procedures as newly admitted international students with respect to I-20/DS-2019 issuance and Check-In hold removal. Refer to the applicable section(s) of this webpage for detailed instructions about the steps to take.
  • Graduate international students in any status other than F-1 or J-1 who are returning after a leave of absence should follow the same procedures as newly admitted international students with respect to Check-In hold removal. Refer to the applicable section(s) of this webpage for detailed instructions about the steps to take.
  • Graduate international students in F-1 or J-1 status returning after a leave of absence who have been officially readmitted through the Office of Admissions should follow the same procedures as newly admitted international students with respect to I-20/DS-2019 issuance and Check-In hold removal. Refer to the applicable section(s) of this webpage for detailed instructions about the steps to take.
  • Graduate international students in F-1 or J-1 status returning after a leave of absence who were not required to be officially readmitted through the Office of Admissions should take the following actions:
    • In order to request a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, send an email to iss@tamu.edu with your full name and UIN, copies of the most recent immigration documentation for you and any F-2/J-2 dependents, proof of financial resources, and a letter from your academic department. The letter from your academic department should include (1) the student’s specific major and degree level, (2) a statement to confirm the term for which the student will resume enrollment, (3) a statement to confirm whether the student is in good academic standing, (4) a description of the academic requirements remaining for the student, and (5) the estimated graduation term for the student.
    • After arriving on-campus, the student must complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program with ISS through Terra Dotta. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In is to confirm that the student has arrived in the U.S. and is complying with federal regulations. The New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program must be reviewed by an ISS advisor and considered complete in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Returning F-1/J-1 students who have F-2/J-2 dependents are also required to complete an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In program through Terra Dotta and those who are considered sponsored students are also required to complete a Verify Sponsor Information program through Terra Dotta. Students may visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/Check-in-Orientation/Check-in for details about the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In, F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In, and Verify Sponsor Information programs.
Students submitting the New Student I-20 Request or the New Student DS-2019 Request programs through Terra Dotta will be completing a mailing options questionnaire so that ISS knows how you plan to receive your I-20 or DS-2019. If you indicate your preferred mailing option through the New Student I-20 Request or the New Student DS-2019 Request program, it is not necessary to email your preferred option as well.

The Department of Homeland Security has stated that I-20s can only be released "directly to the nonimmigrant students, their dependents, or, for minors, to their parent or legal guardian", https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2019/Guidance-FormI-20.pdf.  

This means that ISS will no longer release I-20s or DS-2019s to third parties  including friends or academic departments.  ISS has consulted the Texas A&M University System General Counsel regarding this policy. 
 
If you will not be utilizing the New Student I-20 Request or the New Student DS-2019 Request programs because they do not apply to your current situation but you will need to have a document sent to you from ISS, please note that you have the following mailing options available to you. Please email iss@tamu.edu with your full name, UIN, and preferred mailing option. The following mailing options are available:
 
  1. You may personally pick it from ISS. (You must bring proof of photo identification to ISS.)
  2. You may ask ISS to mail you the document(s) by regular U.S Postal Service mail or airmail to the specific address you provide (inside or outside the U.S.). There is no cost to you but also no tracking service available if you choose this option. ISS cannot provide any time estimate and cannot guarantee delivery if you choose this option. The length of time it may take to receive your document(s) is highly dependent on the address where it will be mailed.
  3. You may ask ISS to send you the document(s) via express mail at your expense. To do so, you must use the eShipGlobal service to have your document(s) express mailed to you through either FedEx, UPS, or DHL at your own expense. Visit https://study.eshipglobal.com/  (do not visit the FedEx, UPS, or DHL websites directly) to create a user name and password and to set up an account. To request shipment, you will need your Texas A&M UIN, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. If you have questions about how to use this service, review the Help section of the eShipGlobal website or e-mail support@eshipglobal.com.