Complete OIS Check-in

Complete OIS Check-In

Check-in with OIS is required by law for all F-1 and J-1 international students. 

This requirement applies to all students who: 

  • Plan to begin their NC State program in-person for the Spring 2022 semester;
  • Transferred to NC State this semester from another institution in the U.S.;
  • Started their NC State program while living in another country, and plan to continue their studies in-person for the Spring 2022 semester;
  • Enrolled less than full-time while living in another country, and plan to continue their studies full-time in-person for the Spring 2022 semester;
  • Plan to return to the U.S. in Spring 2022 from a temporary leave of absence from their academic program;
  • Completed the NC State Intensive English Program (IEP) program during the Fall 2021 semester; OR
  • Have a pending change of status petition to F-1 or J-1 status with USCIS.

It does not apply to the following groups:

  • Students on other visas (H-1, H-4, F-2, etc.) should NOT attend the OIS Check-in session, as it is not a requirement of those visa statuses.
  • Dependents on J-2 visas are required to check in with OIS but do so through a separate dependent check-in process. Please complete the Dependent Check-in Form to schedule a J-2 check-in appointment. F-2 dependents are also encouraged to complete the dependent check-in process.

Check-in with OIS is required by law for all new F-1 and J-1 international students, including transfer students.  The check-in process has five parts and all must be completed in order to successfully complete the check-in requirement. 

Before Arrival:

  1. Review Pre-Arrival Information
  2. Review and Accept the OIS Compliance Agreement
  3. Provide Emergency Contact Information

After Arrival:

  1. Provide Immigration Documentation and U.S. Address Information
  2. Attend an OIS check-in session

Required Steps to Complete the Check-in Requirement

IMPORTANT – OIS will not be able to register your SEVIS record until all 5 steps have been completed.  Students are advised to wait 10 days from the date they arrive in the U.S. and several days from the date they receive confirmation of SEVIS registration after completing the immigration check-in process in its entirety before attending appointments with government agencies like the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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