New Student Check-in and International Student Social Orientation (ISSO) 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.

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:

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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.

  • Complete the New Student Arrival Information Form and Online Tutorial
  • Please enter your US arrival information using the iPenn logo below.

    • Log in to iPenn using your 9-digit admission ID, date of birth and PIN.
    • Complete the online tutorial including all embedded quizzes.
    • Be sure to have your US address and emergency contact information available.
    • You will receive a confirmation email after submitting the form.
  • Check-in with ISSS
  • Visit the ISSS office to have your immigration documents checked and report your physical presence at Penn. Bring your immigration documents listed below for document check at ISSS on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday any time between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.

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

    • Passport
    • F-1 or J-1 US Entry 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
Immigration Q&A Sessions for new international students arriving June 1 - August 12, 2015:

If you have general questions about your immigration status after you have completed the Check-In process, you are welcome to attend an Immigration Q&A with an ISSS advisor. Sessions will take place at ISSS every Wednesday afternoon, 4:30pm from June 10 - August 12, 2015.

Register for an Immigration Q&A Session Here

International Student Social Orientation (ISSO)

ISSO events are hosted by ISSS to provide new Penn international students with opportunities to meet other students and participate in activities that will help with adjusting to their new home. ISSO events will take place during the week of August 17 - 21, 2015.

Check back in July for ISSO Events and Activities!

New International Undergraduate Student? Visit the New Student Orientation website.

Online Webinars for Graduate & Professional Students
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