The Office of International Student and Scholar Services at FIU welcomes you and requires that you check in with us so that we can enter your information on our records.
To check in, please access the ISSS Portal. and upload trhe reuired documents. You can upload documents and confirm your information online! You will be directed to a sign in page (see link below), where you will need to use your panther ID and password to sign in.
You MUST follow instructions on F-1 & J-1 Check-in. The documents that you need to have are:
- Valid passport
- J-1 visa stamped into passport
- Form I-94 Arrival Record (an electronic form that you must access online after arriving in the U.S.). Enter your information to retrieve your I-94 record and then print it out
- Local U.S. Address (PO Boxes are not acceptable)
- Foreign Address
- Name and Phone # for an Emergency Contact
You must check-in within 15 days of your program start date. This includes all J-1 scholars (paid or unpaid by the university). If your SEVIS record is not activated within 30 days of the program start date, you are out of status and must leave the country. This start date is found on your Form DS-2019.
Note: If you are unable to make the arrival date listed on your DS-2019, the host department must contact ISSS so that your entry date can be deferred in the SEVIS system. If this is not done, and you check in beyond the 30 day grace period, there will be no way to activate your record in SEVIS. It is, therefore, critical for you to be in contact with your host department and ISSS to confirm your arrival date.
If your visa sponsor is an entity other than FIU, please contact them upon your arrival and they will give you specific instructions for check-in. Please stop by the ISSS office on campus to introduce yourself and make sure you are entered on the university records.