Immigration Check-in and Orientation Information

Immigration Check-in and Orientation are mandatory for all new F-1 or J-1 students (freshman, transfer, and graduate), including current FAU students who have requested a change of status to F-1 from another visa category or changing degree levels.

Students who are currently abroad should enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019.

Pre-Arrival Brochure for F-1 students

Pre-Arrival Brochure for J-1 students


2015 Immigration Orientation registration link is available HERE.

2015 Immigration Orientation will be offered in Boca and Davie campus on the following date:

Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 10a.m. - 1p.m. (locations in Boca and Davie campuses will be announced soon) 


Immigration Check-In

Check-in on line via iStart:

When you arrive at the Florida Atlantic University to start your program, you need to come to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) as soon as possible. ISSS is located at 777 Glades Road Bld. SU-80 Suit 214 , Boca Raton, FL 33431.

All international students coming to FAU are responsible for maintaining legal non-immigrant status and valid insurance coverage. When checking in, you must read, sign and submit the Responsibility Form to the ISSS office.

To clear your IS hold you must be enrolled to the Immigration Orientation and need to submit the following to the ISSS office:

F-1 and J-1 students must present the following documents to ISSS at the time of check-in:

    1. Valid Passport
    2. F-1/J-1 visa stamp or Change of Status approval notice
    3. I-94 card
    4. FAU I-20 or DS-2019

*Students transferring from another U.S. school must bring a copy of the I-20 issued by the previous institution.

Students who are already in the U.S., wish to gain F-1 status, and did not receive an I-20 from FAU must contact the ISSS Office immediately to determine whether a change of status is required.

Attention graduate students who have assistantships but do not have a social security number (SSN): You must wait 7-10 days after entering the U.S. before applying for the SSN. Allow approximately one month to have the number in hand. Visit this link for SSN application requirements.

Immigration Orientation

Immigration Orientation is mandatory and is an important step in understanding your immigration responsibilities. You can now register on line for the Immigration Orientation and the information will reach ISSS office within 24 hours. If you already have your FAU I-20 issued, you should expect your IS hold to be temporarily removed until you attend Immigration Orientation which will complete your check-in process, so the hold can be removed permanently.

If the dates conflict with other programs you must attend, please contact ISSS in advance to make alternative arrangements. If you would like to correspond with a member of the ISSS staff regarding Immigration Orientation, you may contact ISSS office at

At the Immigration Orientation students receive information regarding the rules and regulations of their immigration status, the benefits of the visa program and the type of services offered by the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office at FAU. The following topics are covered at orientation: maintenance of valid F-1 or J-1 status, SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System), enrollment requirements, employment, social security number, medical insurance and off-campus resources for international students.

Students should bring their immigration documents to orientation to help them understand how to interpret the information and understand their responsibilities.

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