Immigration Check-In & Social Activities

New Student Check-in and Orientation

New Student Check-in and International Student Orientation (ISO) events are 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.

On this page:

  • Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements
  • Orientation Activities

Federal regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students register their presence at Penn by completing the check-in with ISSS:

  1. Complete the tutorial in iPenn (Before or after you arrive in the US).

  2. Complete the arrival form in iPenn (After you arrive in the US).

  3. Sign up for a virtual welcome check-in. Select one:
    Tuesday, June 16, 10:00AM Register Here

    Tuesday, June 16, 3:00PM Register Here

If you are unable to complete any of these requirements for any reason, please complete the arrival form and contact ISSS for further instructions.


Access the iPenn portal here

Step 3 of Check-In Process
What documents should you bring to the ISSS Document Check?​​​​​​​

Visit ISSS or other specified locations to have your immigration documents checked and report your physical presence at Penn. If your program has a specific time and location planned for immigration document check, please bring your documents at that time. The document check process typically only takes a few minutes to complete.

  • Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or Form DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by Penn

  • Passport

  • F-1 or J-1 US Entry Visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)

  • I-94 (either electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport or hard-copy paper card)

  • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from a previous program, if applicable (Required for transfer students)

  • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable


Note: To make the document check process more efficient, we recommend getting your PennCard beforehand. If your program does not help issue PennCards, you may go to the PennCard Center on the 2nd Floor of the Penn Bookstore. If you do not have your PennCard, please have ready your PIN number provided to you by ISSS sent in the immigration check-in email.

Events and Activities for New International Students

ISSS hosts a number of different orientation activities for both undergraduate and graduate/professional international students.

"International Student Orientation was the first warm welcome to me when I first joined Penn as a new international student and I participated in ISO again as a leader. It was an awesome opportunity to meet international students and scholars from all over the world and explore Penn Community and Philadelphia together! ISO was one of the most wonderful experience I had at Penn and I met the coolest people here!"
Mengyue Wang