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 & J-1 students, and assist new students in adjusting to life at Penn, in Philadelphia, and in the US.
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 & J-1 international students register their presence at Penn. There are two parts to this process, known as the check-in procedure:
These steps must be completed after arrival in the US but within 20 days of the program start date on your I-20/ DS-2019.
F-1 transfer students must complete the check-in procedure within 15 days of the program start date listed on the I-20.