Checking In with ISSO
We are excited to welcome you to BU! All international students and scholars must check-in with the ISSO no later than 15 days from their official start of academic activities. Check-in provides the ISSO the opportunity to:
- Review your immigration documents to confirm eligibility for intended study, research, or employment;
- Report the arrival of BU sponsored F-1 and J-1 students and scholars in valid status to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, thus activating your SEVIS record;
- Help you get settled on campus and answer your questions as you begin your activities at BU; and
- Ensure that all students and scholars are added to email lists that provide valuable immigration related information, including travel advisories and tax information, throughout the year.
Please complete your initial check-in at the ISSO to avoid jeopardizing your legal immigration status in the U.S., and contact us with any questions concerning your immigration status or your adjustment to BU.
Who Must Check In
You are considered an international student or scholar if you are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident (“Green Card” holder). You must report to the ISSO for check-in if you are:
- a new international student in any immigration status
- a continuing international student beginning a new program of study or returning from a leave of absence
- a new scholar (faculty, researcher, or other employee).
If you are a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident (“Green Card” holder), you are not required to check in, however your information may need to be updated in the University system and ISSO may require copies of your passport and/or U.S. Permanent Resident card.
Students in F-1, J-1, and other immigration classifications
When to Check In
- After you have arrived in the U.S. to begin your program
- No later then 15 days from your academic program start date
- We will send you an email prior to the start of class with instructions on how to complete Initial ISSO Check-in.
What immigration documents will you need:
- All relevant immigration documents (i.e. passport, Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, Form I-20, Form DS-2019, etc.)
- Immigration documents for any spouse and/or child(ren) who have accompanied you to the U.S. in a dependent visa status such as F-2 or J-2
- Any documents issued to you upon your entry to the U.S
- Any other immigration status related documents, if applicable (e.g. I-797 Approval Notice)
Please email your ISSO Scholar Advisor to schedule an appointment to check-in with our office.
Be sure to bring your passport and all other relevant immigration/employment authorization documents as well as your BU appointment or offer letter which would be given to you by your host department. Note that if you will be paid by BU, you must complete a Form I-9 at the ISSO within three (3) days of your employment start date.
Students and scholars who will be receiving compensation from Boston University (salary, stipend, on-campus employment, etc.) will also be required to complete an Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification with the ISSO.