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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 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. Students must attend Check-In in order to have the registration hold removed.


Online Orientation

All international students are REQUIRED to complete an Online Orientation before they can schedule a Check-In appointment. In order to verify that you completed the Online Orientation, you must review all sections, pass the quiz at the end of each section that has a quiz, and receive a confirmation e-mail verifying your completion of the Online Orientation. Registration for the Online Orientation is available on the Online Orientation webpage.


Spring 2014 Check-In

After completion of the Online Orientation, you will be able to register for a Check-In appointment. 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. Further information about the Check-In registration process will be provided after the student completes the Online Orientation.

Tentative Check-In Schedule

BHE = Bizzell Hall East (Campus Map)
RT = Rudder Tower (Campus Map)
SCC = Student Computing Center (Directions)
TBD = To Be Determined
ZEC = Zachry Engineering Center (Campus Map)

Semester Event Date(s) Location
Spring 2015
Regular Check-In TBD SCC
Summer 2014
Regular Check-In May 21, 2014
BHE
Fall 2014 New Student Conference (NSC) Check-Ins (Available only for undergraduate students attending a New Student Conference during the months of June and July.) Undergraduate students attending a NSC in June or July may schedule a Check-In appointment with ISS during their pre-conference day or on day 1 of their NSC. You must complete the Online Orientation in order to schedule the Check-In appointment. BHE
Regular Check-In August 19-21, 2014 SCC
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General Check-In Information

*** Check-In will take at least one hour to complete. Please do not arrive at Check-In until your assigned time. ***

Check-In Steps

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 skin testing.
  • If you have a job on-campus, make sure that you have a copy of your job offer letter with you.
  • 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.

Documents Required for Check-In

You must bring the following original documents with you to Check-In. ISS staff members will scan the original documents during Check-In.

Student Type Documents Required
All F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders
  • 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
Transfer F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders 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 the Certificate of Eligibility Center (CEC), as listed in the Howdy Portal.
House Bill 1403 / Senate Bill 1528 Students Bring all documents (if available) regarding your current immigration status, including any of the following:
  • Picture ID card
  • Passport, visa, electronic or paper I-94 card , I-797c Notice of Action
  • I-20/DS-2019
Dependents of Primary Visa Holders New students who are dependents with the visa status of F-2, J-2, L-2, or H-4 must bring immigration documents for themselves as well as the primary visa holder (spouse or parent). Generally this includes the I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, and electronic or paper I-94 card, admissions stamp in passport.
Other Primary Visa Holders New students who hold any other visa category should bring all documents related to their immigration status, including the passport, visa, and electronic or paper I-94 card, admissions stamp in passport.

last updated: 1/2014
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