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Office ofVisa & Immigration Service Advising

Check-In for a New Program


All international students coming to ODU for the first time and international students returning to start a new academic program must check in with Visa & Immigration Service Advising (VISA). An "international student" is an individual from another country who does not have a green card or a U.S. passport.

Check-in, which takes place in Dragas 2006, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the number of students who need to be processed. Please plan accordingly.

Required Documents for Check-In for DEGREE-SEEKING Students

NOTE: If you do not have the items listed below for your visa status, please wait until the next check-in day when you can bring them. If you wish, you can print and fill out the check-in form to shorten the length of time your check-in will take.

  • ALL: your U.S. address (even if temporary)
  • ALL: your passport
  • F & J: your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt (F-1 and J-1 visa holders only)
  • ALL: all visa documentation (e.g. I-20/DS-2019, visa stamp, proof of visa status change, etc.)
  • ALL: your I-94 card or a print-out of your I-94 entry record
  • F & J: for new graduate assistants: your offer letter with all of the required information
  • ALL: any original documents that should be submitted to International Admissions (e.g. transcripts, diplomas or test scores; for clarification, please contact International Admissions directly

Nondegree Students

Please e-mail VISA for information on what you will need to do for the removal of your check-in hold.

Upcoming Check-In Dates & Times

Fall 2014 Semester

Grad. Assistants ONLY: Mon., 11 Aug. & Tues., 12 Aug.; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Undergraduate (Bachelor's) Students ONLY: Wed., 13 Aug.; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ALL Students: Thurs., 14 Aug. to Tues., 2 Sept.; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. before classes begin on 23 Aug., 9 to 11 a.m. thereafter (with the addition of a 1-4 slot on the 18th) PLEASE NOTE; September 1 is Labor Day Holiday - no check-in on this day.

Required Info Sessions (F-1s & J-1s)

All F-1 and J-1 visa holders new to an academic program or returning students who have been away from the university for more than three years must attend a Required Info Session (RIS). Sign-up for new students is done during check-in. In an RIS, students will get important health insurance/U.S. health care information, as well as critical information on maintaining a valid visa status.

Attendance for the entire session is mandatory without exception; failure to do so will result in a registration hold.

Fall 2014 Sessions

  • Friday, 15 August, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, 18 August, 2-4 p.m.
  • Friday, 22 August, 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, 28 August, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 2 September, 3-5 p.m.

Services for International Students

Visa & Immigration Service Advising (VISA) is responsible for providing support programs and advising services which help to ensure the academic and personal success of our international student and scholar community.


Visa information for international students and scholars.


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