Checking in with ISSO as a new student or scholar (faculty, researcher or employee)

We are excited to welcome you to BU!  All international students and scholars must complete check-in no later than 15 days after 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.

Completing check-in is required by immigration regulations. Please plan to complete your initial ISSO check-in immediately after you have arrived in the U.S. or, to campus to begin your activities 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 U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident (“Green Card” holder).  You must check-in with the ISSO 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 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.