• International Student Orientation
    • International Student Orientation


Spring 2014 ISO: International Student Orientation

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

International Student Orientation (ISO) is a program for all incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 student status, including freshman, graduate, professional, transfer, returning students from leave, and exchange students. ISO is designed to help students learn about and understand important immigration regulations and procedures required of F-1 and J-1 students, confirm their arrival for required government reporting purposes, and to assist new students in adjusting to Penn.

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 you register your presence at the University by completing international student check-in procedures.  Check-in 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.

Please note that both steps must be completed after you arrive in the United States but within 20 days of the program start date on your Penn 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 on your Penn 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 the Immigration Document Review and Presentation Session, January 14th
  • Spring 2014 ISO will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the South America Room in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

    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 (5) minutes early.  Students arriving late will not be admitted.

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  • Mengyue Wang

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