International (Immigration) Orientation and Check-in

International (Immigration) Orientation and Immigration Check-in are mandatory for all new F-1 or J-1 students (first-year, 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.

*Please note that students on F or J visas are not permitted to enter the United States earlier than 30 days before the start date of their program listed on their I-20 or DS-2019


Please take a moment to read our pre-arrival information (Including the PowerPoint presentation and sign-in here to register for Immigration Orientation and Immigration Check-in.

Please login with your FAU net id and password and on the left navigation menu select "New International Student" and "Immigration Orientation & Check-In Reservation"


International (Immigration) Orientation

All international students who are starting as a new student, changing status, or changing the level of study, must sign up and attend Immigration Orientation. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in negative immigration consequences.

Spring 2022 - International Orientation (Virtual ONLY)

Orientation is a great time to connect with your peers and our office’s staff as well as learn more about international student regulations and the FAU resources available to you. Please save the following date and time for a virtual mandatory International Orientation.

  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022: 9 a.m. to 12 noon

  • Friday, January 14, 2022: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
    (Make-up Orientation for students who missed the first one)

International Orientation has been changed to virtual ONLY. Please meet us online at the time of orientation by clicking the link below:

    Meeting ID: 828 4342 8819

    Passcode: FAUiss1


University Orientation

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

  • If you are a First-Year Student (formerly known as a freshman):


Immigration Check-In

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 takes approximately 30 minutes.


Spring 2022 - Online (via Zoom) Immigration Check-in

 **You only need to attend ONE of these 3 shifts below:

Thursday, January 6, 2022

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Friday, January 7, 2022

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  AND 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)


Make-up check-in session:
Friday, January 14, 2022: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET)

Via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 828 4342 8819

Passcode: FAUiss1


What to expect during immigration check-in:

Due to COVID-19, the International check-in is conducted online through Zoom meeting.

During the immigration check-in you will do the following:

  1. You will use our automated form to submit your most up to date personal information;

  2. Sign the Responsibility Form;

  3. Upload copies of your check-in documents through the e-form

Have already scanned / access to electronic copies of the following documents at the time of check-in:

*Students transferring from another U.S. school must provide 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 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 7-10 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.

 Last Modified 1/10/22