• International Student Orientation
    • International Student Orientation

Fall 2014 ISO: International Student Orientation (ISO)

Mandatory Immigration Document Review and Presentation Sessions take place throughout the summer and conclude August 26, 2014. See schedule below.
ISO Week, which includes events sponsored by ISSS and other offices on campus, will be held from Wednesday, August 20th through Tuesday, August 26th, 2014. Find the schedule here.

ISO is for all incoming F-1 or J-1 international students, including undergraduate, graduate, professional, transfer, and exchange students, as well as those returning from leave. ISO is designed to help students confirm arrival on Penn's campus for required government reporting, understand important immigration regulations and procedures required of F-1 and J-1 students, and assist new students in adjusting to life at Penn, in Philadelphia, and in the United States.

Advance Online Check-in (see below for detailed instructions) and attendance at an Immigration Document Review and Presentation Session is mandatory.

Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements

Federal regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students register their presence at Penn. This process, known as the check-in procedure, has two steps: 1) completion of the New Student Arrival Information online form and 2) attendance at one of the Immigration Document Review and Presentation Sessions.

Both steps must be completed after arrival in the United States but within 20 days of the program start date listed on Penn's I-20 or DS-2019.  

F-1 transfer students must complete the new student check-in process within 15 days of the program start date listed on Penn's I-20.

  • Step One: Complete the New Student Arrival Information form
  • Please enter your United States arrival information at this page. Log in using your 9-digit admission ID, date of birth and PIN. Be sure to have your US address and emergency contact information available. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting the form.

  • Step Two: Attend an Immigration Document Review and Presentation Session
  • If you have not yet attended an Immigration Document Review and Presentation Session, you may do so by visiting the ISSS office any weekday at 12:00 p.m.

    You must come prepared with all of the following original immigration documents:

    • Passport
    • F-1 or J-1 visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)
    • I-94 (whether a hard-copy paper card; or electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport)
    • I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by Penn
    • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from previous program, if applicable; this is required for transfer students
    • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

    NOTE: Please arrive at least five minutes early with the documents listed above.  Students arriving late or without their original documents will not be asked to return for a later session.

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  • What do students think?
  • What do students think?
  • Mengyue Wang

    "...ISO was one of the most wonderful experiences I had at Penn and I met the coolest people here!"