Newly Admitted International Students
Our Process ...
After the school informs the OIS of your acceptance, you will be contacted by an International Advisor from our office to complete our New Student Document Request. We will also require supporting documentation -- a copy of your Passport ID page, verification of finances, etc.
After the OIS receives your completed New Student Document Request, we will issue a new I-20 or DS-2019 visa document and send it to you in your home country. Once you receive the visa document, you can pay the SEVIS fee and schedule your visa interview with the U.S. Consulate. Please be aware that the earliest you can apply for a visa stamp is 120 days before the start date of your program.
You may enter the U.S. as early as 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
|___||Accept offer of admission.|
|___||The Office of International Services (OIS) will contact you to complete the New Student Request Form.|
|___||Email completed New Student Request Form and supporting documentation to the OIS.|
|___||Arrange for housing while attending UM.|
|___||Review the information in the Prearrival Guide.|
|Students currently inside the U.S.|
|___||Complete the appropriate Transfer Form if presently in F-1 or J-1 student status.|
|___||If you need to change status to the appropriate student status, click here.|
|Students currently outside the U.S.|
|___||Arrange for shipment of your documents.|
|___||Receive I-20 or DS-2019 and pay the SEVIS fee.|
|___||Schedule an appointment at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy for your visa AFTER receiving your I-20 or DS-2019 from the OIS.|
|___||Gather all the required documents for your visa interview.|
|___||Receive your visa and make travel arrangements.|
|Once you arrive ...|
|___||Check in with the OIS.|
New Students MUST Check in with OIS!
Newly-arriving International students MUST check in with the OIS within 30 days after the start date on the student's I-20 or DS-2019. If you do not check in at the OIS, you may lose your valid immigration status in the U.S.
If you will be delayed in your arrival and do not expect to reach the U.S. by the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019, please contact the OIS immediately as we may need to update your SEVIS record.
To check in, make an appointment to come to OIS in Suite 302 of the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center and bring with you:
- Your passport
- I-94 Card (learn about electronic I-94)
- I-20 or DS-2019