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Check-In for New International Students

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Check-In for New International Students

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.

For incoming NEW students, check-in will take place in person.

International students returning to start a new academic program can check-in with us virtually.

Required Documents for Check-In for DEGREE-SEEKING Students

  • Completed check-in form with your U.S. address (even if temporary)
  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • All visa documentation (e.g. current and previous I-20/DS-2019s, visa stamp, proof of visa status change, etc.)
  • Your I-94 entry record
  • Your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt (F-1 and J-1 visa holders only)
  • For new graduate assistants: your offer letter with all of the required information

International Students on a visa status other than F or J

If you are an international student and your visa status is not F or J please complete the check-in form and email it to VISA along with any proof of visa status (I-797 approval notice, visa stamp, etc.)

Nondegree Students

Please e-mail VISA with your UIN and student email address for information on what you will need to do for the removal of your check-in hold.

Summer 2022 Check-In

By Appointment Only. Please email intlstu@odu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Fall 2022 Check-In Dates and Times

Early Check-In

Wednesdays: July 20, July 27 and August 3rd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Monday - Friday: Monday, August 8th to Tuesday, September 6th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Required Info Sessions (F1 and J1 Visa Holders)

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

  1. Thursday, August 18| 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Dragas 2120
  2. Wednesday, August 24| 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Dragas 2120
  3. Friday, August 26 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Dragas 2120
  4. Tuesday, August 30 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Dragas 2008
  5. Friday, September 9 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Dragas 2008

International Student Orientation Page