You must bring with you:
- 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 with ISSS 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.
To check-in, come to ISSS Monday through Friday from 10-2 pm. Please tell the front desk that you are here for “scholar check-in.” Upon check-in, you must provide ISSS with your U.S. address, your foreign address and an emergency contact in the United States.
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.