UMD: A Globally Connected University

New Scholars To-Do List

  1. Immigration -- Get ready to come to the United States.
    • If you are currently in the US in J-1 status, please make sure you have reviewed and completed the SEVIS Transfer process.
    • Pay the SEVIS Fee (Form I-901) and print a receipt
    • Apply for your visa (change link to the scholar – apply for a visa webpage)
    • After you arrive in the US, retrieve your I-94 admission record.
    • Save electronic files or digital photos of your passport, visa, DS-2019, and I94 record. These will be needed to complete the iTerp check-in process required by ISSS ​
  2. Things to do to prepare for your trip

    Visit the ISSS International Arrival Guide to learn about:

    • Housing
    • Bank accounts
    • Health care
    • Shopping
    • Transportation
    • And more...

    Review your obligation to maintain Health Insurance and Medical Evacuation and Repatriation coverage, as required by the J-1 visa program.

    Review and understand the two-year home residency requirement.

  3. Things to do when you arrive at UMD(** Required to activate your SEVIS record)