International Student Check-In
You are required by U.S. immigration law to enroll full-time and complete the SEVIS check-in within 15 days of your program start date. Once you have completed these steps your SEVIS record will change from Initial to Active. Your SEVIS record must be in Active Status in order to begin any on-campus work and to be eligible for any benefits including a social security card or driver’s license.
The SEVIS Check-In is completed online through your Student iStart portal. Please read the instructions below to assist you with completing this process:
- Enroll full-time in degree required coursework (12 credit hours for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours for graduate students)
- Visit you iStart Student portal and complete the New Student Information Check-In e-Form under the Orientation Tab on the left.
- If you are a Graduate Assistant and need to apply for a Social Security Card, be sure to upload your Employment Verification Letter (EVL) within the Employment Eligibility Verification Letter Upload e-Form under the University Employment Tab on the left.
We recommend you obtain electronic copies of the following documents before starting your check-in process. You will be required to upload these documents as part of the check-in.
- I-94 record
- Copy of visa page within passport (please be sure the image includes your entry stamp)
- Completed IS-70 Form
If you experience any difficulty with the International Student Check-In Process, please call (864) 656-3614 or visit International Services in Long Hall 108.