ISS - Terra Dotta


International Student Services (ISS) now uses Terra Dotta software to manage international student records. All international students at Texas A&M are able to log in to ISS' Terra Dotta system using their NetID and Password. This webpage includes a description and direct link for all programs currently available for students to access in Terra Dotta. Instructions for logging into and using Terra Dotta are provided on this page as well. 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. Before accessing all program elements, you will select the semester for which you are completing the specific program and click "Apply."
 
ISS plans to continue updating this webpage as more programs become available in Terra Dotta. The programs below are also linked from the relevant sections of the ISS website.

Available Programs in Terra Dotta
New Student Processes

ISS has published a completely new “You are admitted: Now What?” webpage that 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 this updated content. The Terra Dotta programs mentioned on that webpage are also described and linked below:

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 complete the New Student I-20 Request through Terra Dotta. Please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What for detailed instructions about the New Student I-20 Request program.
 
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 complete the New Student DS-2019 Request through Terra Dotta. Please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What for detailed instructions about the New Student DS-2019 Request program.
 
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 complete the J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request through Terra Dotta. Please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What for detailed instructions about the J-1 REEP DS-2019 Request program.
 
Please note: Spring 2020 Check-ins are not available at this time. Once they are made available, F-1 and J-1 check-ins will be separate programs. 

New F-1/J-1 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 F-1/J-1 Student Check-In with ISS through Terra Dotta. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 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 F-1/J-1 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.

All new F-1 and J-1 international students are required to complete the Check-In process via ISS - TerraDotta. Access the New Student Check-In program here to apply and complete the process. If you are directed to a webpage 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."

For additional resources applicable to new international students, please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students.
F-2 Dependent Check-In

An F-2 dependent is the spouse or child of an individual in F-1 status that has been issued an I-20 by International Student Services. 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 thru ISS - Terra Dotta.

All F-1 students who are required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program explained above AND who have F-2 are required to complete the F-2 Dependent Check-In program via ISS -Terra Dotta in addition to the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program. Access the F-2 Dependent Check-In program here to apply and complete this process. If you are directed to a webpage 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 F-2 Dependent Check-In and click "Apply."

For additional resources related to F-2 dependents, please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Side-Menu/Dependents.
 
J-2 Dependent Check-In

J-2 dependent is the spouse or child of an individual in J-1 status that has been issued an DS-2019 by International Student Services. In order to make sure 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 thru ISS - Terra Dotta.

All J-1 students who are required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program explained above AND who have J-2 dependents are required to complete the J-2 Dependent Check-In program via ISS -Terra Dotta in addition to the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program. Access the J-2 Dependent Check-In program here to apply and complete this process. If you are directed to a webpage 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 J-2 Dependent Check-In and click "Apply."

For additional resources related to J-2 dependents, please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Side-Menu/Dependents.
 
New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In

Newly admitted international students in statuses other than F-1 or J-1 should complete the New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In program through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What for detailed instructions about the New Students Other Immigration Status Check-In program.
 
 
New Students Co-Enrollment Partnerships 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 complete the New Students Co-Enrollment Partnerships Check-In program through Terra Dotta. Please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Prospective-Students/You-are-admitted-Now-What for detailed instructions about the New Students Co-Enrollment Partnerships Check-In program.
Texas A&M sponsored student is a student who, in pursuing his or her educational objective in the United States, seeks admission to TAMU under any of the following conditions:

1. The student’s educational program is the result of a written agreement between the United States government and a foreign government or a written agreement between an American and foreign educational institution or;
2. The student receives primary financial support from a source other than personal or family funds or a Texas A&M academic department or;
3. The student’s educational objective has been agreed to by both prospective student and sponsor and may not be changed without the written approval of the sponsor.

All sponsored international students are required to verify their sponsor information vis ISS - Terra Dotta. All F-1/J-1 students who are required to complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program explained above AND who are sponsored are required to complete the Verify Sponsor Information program via ISS-Terra Dotta in addition to the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program. Access the Verify Sponsor Information program here to complete the sponsor verification process. If you are directed to a webpage 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 Verify Sponsor Information and click "Apply."
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For additional resources related to being a sponsored student, please visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Side-Menu/Sponsored-Students.



Current Student Processes

Passport Renewal
 
All persons with non-immigrant status in the United States are required to have a valid passport at all times. A valid passport is a legal document issued by the home country of a non-immigrant that permits travel to the U.S. along with a valid visa. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months into the future. If you have renewed or updated your passport you should complete the Passport Renewal program thru Terra Dotta.



Instructions on how to use ISS - Terra Dotta

All international students at Texas A&M are able to log in to ISS' Terra Dotta System with their NetID and Password. You can follow these steps to log in:
  1. Go to http://tamu-iss.terradotta.com OR click the URL of the specific program you are applying for listed below.
  2. In the top-right corner of the webpage, you will be able to see “ADMIN-TAMU-ISS LOGIN” and “LOGIN”. Click on “LOGIN
 
 
  1. Log in with your NetID and Password through “Central Authentication Service”
  2. After logging in successfully, you will see your name on the top-right corner of the webpage
 
  1. Click the URL of the program you are applying for ( If you haven’t logged in, you may be required to log in first)
  2. Choose the term during which you are applying for the program. You may see more than one available terms.

 
  1. Submit your application by clicking on “submit application” after every task is finished on the application page

 
  1. You will be able to see the message “Successful submission” if you submit your application successfully.

 
  1. You application will be in “Pre-Decision” phase before ISS makes a decision on your application. 

 
  1. You application will changed to “Post-Decision” phase once ISS accepts or rejects your application.


 
Students are able to check the applications they have created.  You can follow these steps to check your records
  1. Go to User Menu in the top-left corner of the webpage and click on My Records.

 
  1. In the records page, you can see all the applications grouped by term/year.
  • You can click a program to continue with the application
  • Or you can click Withdraw to cancel the application
  • The application that has been reviewed by ISS is marked as Complete

 
  1. Once an application is withdrawn, it will be marked as Withdrawn in system. You should not submit multiple applications of the same program in the same term-year. If you have withdrawn an application but want to apply it again in the same term, you can reinstate the withdrawn application.