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Check-In for New International Students

Check-In for New International Students

All international students coming to ODU for the first time and international students returning to start a new academic program must check in with Visa & Immigration Service Advising (VISA). An "international student" is an individual from another country who does not have a green card or a U.S. passport.

For incoming NEW students, check-in will take place in person.

International students returning to start a new academic program can check-in with us virtually.

Required Documents for Check-In for DEGREE-SEEKING Students

  • Completed check-in form with your U.S. address (even if temporary)
  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • All visa documentation (e.g. current and previous I-20/DS-2019s, visa stamp, proof of visa status change, etc.)
  • Your I-94 entry record
  • Your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt (F-1 and J-1 visa holders only)
  • For new graduate assistants: your offer letter with all of the required information

International Students on a visa status other than F or J

If you are an international student and your visa status is not F or J please complete the check-in form and email it to VISA along with any proof of visa status (I-797 approval notice, visa stamp, etc.)

Nondegree Students

Please e-mail VISA with your UIN and student email address for information on what you will need to do for the removal of your check-in hold.

Spring 2023 Check-In Dates and Times

Early Check-In

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 and Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Every weekday from Wednesday, January 4, 2023 to Tuesday, January 17, 2023 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Required Info Sessions (F1 and J1 Visa Holders)

Required Info Sessions (F-1s & J-1s): students are required to attend one session

Friday, January 6, 2023 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 11:30am to 1:30pm

Friday, January 13, 2023 2:30pm to 4:30pm

International Student Orientation Page

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