UMD: A Globally Connected University

Arrival Check-In Process

Unable to register for a Welcome Session? ISSS can help start your experience at University of Maryland!

The steps below are necessary to get your F-1 student record activated. Please review. When you're ready to begin the check-in process, a step-by-step guide has been provided to assist you with completing the arrival check-in list.

Click here to begin your arrival check-in process.

(If you will be attending a Welcome Session or have already completed your Documents Check, you do not need to proceed further.)

Printable Version

Compile the following documents for electronic submission:
  • Current I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport (photo page and expiration date)
  • F-1 or J-1 Visa
  • Entry stamp or I-94 from most recent entry to the U.S.

    Submit your Immigration Documents page.
    • Submit here. Please ensure the uploaded image is legible.

    SEVIS Verification
    • You must set up your Directory ID at least 24 hours before completing SEVIS verification.
    • Review your personal information on the SEVIS verification webpage and make any updates where data is incorrect.
    • You must click change address to add local U.S. address (even if it is temporary) to activate your F-1 status with SEVIS. Submit address changes (note these will not show in the SEVIS webpage for 24 hours).
    • Click submit on the original SEVIS Verification webpage to complete the process.


    If you did not attend a required Orientation session, you should schedule a Make-up Session. Register here.

    Do you have an assistantship or on-campus job? If yes, request your Social Security letter from ISSS here. If no, go to Step 6.

    Submit your Immunization Form and associated medical records to the University Health Center.


    Click here to begin your arrival check-in process.