Check-in for all NEW International Students and Semester Verification for all CONTINUING students in F-1 Status

January 31, 2011 is the deadline for ALL new international students to complete the initial ISSO check-in and for continuing international students in F-1 immigration status to complete Semester Verification.

Failure to complete an initial ISSO check-in at the ISSO or Semester Verification each semester could jeopardize your legal immigration status in the U.S.

Initial Check-In Procedures for New International Students

ALL new international students must report to the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) immediately upon arrival in the U.S. to check-in. Please bring all relevant immigration documents (i.e., passport, I-94 card, Form(s) I-20, Form(s) DS-2019, etc.) with you to the ISSO. Boston University is required by federal regulation to notify the Department of Homeland Security about the arrival and registration of all students in F-1 immigration status and J-1 exchange visitor classification at the beginning of an academic program. Please do not hesitate to contact the staff at the ISSO with any questions concerning your immigration status or your adjustment to Boston University. Check in at the ISSO located at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor.

“Semester Verification” Procedures for Continuing International Students

Boston University is required by federal regulation to notify the Department of Homeland Security about the physical presence and registration of every student in F-1 immigration status each academic semester. Therefore, we have implemented a process through which we will verify your presence on-campus.

ALL continuing international students in F-1 classification must complete the “semester verification” process prior to the deadline to “add” classes each semester. Please report to one of the administrators at the links below as soon as possible and request “semester verification.” Please also be reminded that F-1 students are required to maintain full-time registration status each semester. Once you have completed the “semester verification” and you have registered for full-time coursework, we will notify the Department of Homeland Security of your enrollment through SEVIS. Please do not hesitate to contact the staff at the ISSO with any questions concerning semester verification or your immigration status.

For continuing students only, select your college/school from the list below to determine where you can complete your semester verification. If your college/school is not listed, please semester verify at the ISSO located at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor.

Abbr. College/School/Program
CAS/GRS College of Arts and Sciences / Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
COM College of Communication
ENG College of Engineering
CFA College of Fine Arts
CGS College of General Studies
SDM Goldman School of Dental Medicine
MET Metropolitan College
SAR Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
SED School of Education
SHA School of Hospitality
LAW School of Law
QST Questrom School of Business
MED School of Medicine
SPH School of Public Health
SSW School of Social Work
STH School of Theology
UNI University Professors Program