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  • Autumn semester 2020

    Information for international students regarding returning to campus.

  • Virtual Advising

    Immigration coordinators at the Office of International Affairs are available for virtual advising M-F from 1-4 p.m. via CarmenZoom.

  • Health Professionals

    Health professionals across the globe can sign up for Ohio State's Global One Health initiative's collection of online courses offered for free under the online Canvas Network.

International student orientation

SPRING SEMESTER

Incoming international undergraduate students should review the mandatory immigration check-in and orientation information carefully.

Please note that you can only enter the United States a maximum of 30 days prior to the reporting date on your Initial Form I-20 or DS-2019. We recommend that you arrive at least 2 - 3 weeks before classes start, in order to complete necessary activities, such as settling into your residence hall or apartment, setting up a bank account, obtaining your student ID, and attending MANDATORY Check-In.

The Office of International Affairs has designed a series of emails to help prepare you for your arrival at Ohio State. You will be receiving these emails every week leading up to your arrival on campus. These emails are also archived below.

Also, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our website and with our International Student Handbook for important information about immigration, tuition, academics, cultural awareness and life in the United States.

 

Pre-Arrival Email Archive

Below are the archived emails sent to incoming international students for spring semester 2020.

Email 1: important first steps, mandatory immigration check-in and orientation and applying for a U.S. visa
Email 2: registration for mandatory immigration check-in, housing and ESL Placement Test
Email 3: tuition payment options and Math Placement Test
Email 4: mandatory health screening and health insurance
Email 5: register for mandatory immigration check-in, what to pack, entering the United States and arriving at Ohio State
Email 6: attend mandatory immigration check-in and orientation and getting involved

 

Immigration Check-In 

At mandatory immigration check-in, staff will be available to meet with you, review your immigration documents, discuss important immigration regulations, and answer any questions you may have. Please note that check-in only occurs during weekdays and is not possible to schedule a check-in time during weekends. Immigration check-in appointments will take place at Enarson Classroom Building, room 100 (2009 Millikin Road).

American Language Program (ALP) students should report directly to Room 356, Arps Hall for check-in.

All other students should check-in directly with OIA including exchange, transfer and returning.


Registering for spring 2021 mandatory immigration check-in:

The registration window for immigration check-in is currently closed. If you have questions, please email iss@osu.edu with your full name and SEVIS ID number.

You must bring the following documents with you to check-in:

  1. Admission letter to Ohio State
  2. Current Passport
  3. Current U.S. Visa
  4. I-94 card (Print a copy at cbp.gov/i94)
  5. Ohio State Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (Note: if you have an active immigration record that is being transferred from another institution in the U.S. to Ohio State, please bring your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from your previous school.)
  6. Form I-20(s) or Form DS-2019(s) of your dependents (spouse and children), if applicable

At check-in, you will also receive information regarding:

  1. How to maintain your immigration status
  2. Orientation
  3. Placement tests (if necessary)
  4. Required health screening
  5. BuckID (university identification card)
  6. Parking permit (if necessary)
  7. Resources on and off campus

Note: You will not be able to register for your classes unless you have attended check-in.

 

Orientation 

When you register for an immigration check-in time, you will be automatically scheduled for the corresponding orientation, which cannot be changed. All students must attend their assigned orientation session, no exceptions. Below are the available sessions for planning purposes. 

Mandatory Immigration Check-In Dates Corresponding Orientation Sessions

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