Mandatory Orientation and Check-in

International Orientation and Check-in are mandatory for all new international students (F1 or J1 students), including first-year, transfer, graduate, and current FAU students who have requested a change of status to F-1 from another visa category or changing degree levels. These are federally mandated processes. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in negative immigration consequences. Details about both sessions can be found below.

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international Student Orientation 

All international students who are starting as a new student, changing status, or changing the level of study, are required to attend Immigration Orientation. This is a separate session, different from other academic, departmental, or university-wide orientations and it will cover information specific to international students that you MUST be aware of. This session will be held in-person. Please save the following date and time for a mandatory International Orientation. 

Spring 2023 

International Student Orientation (In-person)

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023: 9 a.m. to 12 noon (ET)
  • Location: TBA


Immigration Check-In 

Immigration Check-in is the process by which an international student advisor checks that your immigration documents show the correct status. It is a federally mandated process that requires every international student to report to the ISS office and has their immigration documents reviewed.

Please note that only students who entered the United States at the time of check-in are required to do Immigration check-in. The process will be held virtually and will take approximately 30 minutes. Please save the following date and time for a mandatory International Check-in. 

Spring 2023 

Immigration Check-in (Via Zoom)

You only need to attend ONE of the sessions below:


Prepare for Immigration Check-in:

Before the session, have all your immigration documents scanned and ready to upload:

*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 ISS 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 14 days after entering the U.S. before applying for the SSN. Allow approximately one month to have the number in hand. Visit the SSN application requirements.


University-wide Orientation

Please note that in addition to the Immigration Orientation for International Students, you will also need to attend one of the following university-wide orientations:

If you are a First-Year Student (formerly known as a freshman):
If you are a Transfer Student :
If you are a Graduate Student :
If you are a Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • If you are a Graduate Student AND a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) you will also need to attend: