Upon arrival in the U.S. all F-1 and J-1 students are required to complete an immigration check-in procedure with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).  ISSS must validate arrivals of F-1 and J-1 students in SEVIS and failure to complete the check-in with ISSS could result in SEVIS termination.

Students already in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status who are transferring their SEVIS record from a previous U.S. school to UNC-Chapel Hill must also complete ISSS check-in.

ISSS will contact new students prior to the start of the program with details regarding deadlines and procedures for check-in.

Students are required to submit the following documents to complete ISSS Check-In:

  • Identification/Expiration page(s) of passport used to enter the U.S.
  • F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (For F-1 and J-1 Students)
  • Form I-94

After arriving in the U.S., you may retrieve your Form I-94 on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/. Click on “Get Most Recent I-94”, read the terms and click on “Consent & Continue”, enter your passport details and click on “Next”. If you have any problem retrieving your I-94 or any other questions about this process, please contact your International Student Advisor.

Students are required to report a U.S. address

To complete your ISSS check-in, you must create or update the “SEVIS Immigration Reporting Address” in your Student Center in ConnectCarolina.  You must report your physical U.S. address (the address of where you are staying), even if temporary. If you move, you must report the new address within ten days of moving.  To review instructions on how to report this information, click here.

You must also report your phone number if it has changed.  Confirm that the phone number listed as the “Preferred” phone number in your Student Center in ConnectCarolina is correct.  If it is not or if you wish to report a different phone number as your “Preferred” phone number, correct the information or add a new number and check the box next to it to set it as the preferred number.