All new and transfer international students must complete the online check-in procedure within 2 days after you have entered the United States in F-1 status for your WCGS program. International students who are entering the United States for the first time on an F-1 visa are only permitted to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the "program start date" on your I-20. The 30-day rule does not apply to students who are already in the U.S. with a valid F-1 visa.
Approximately two weeks before your program start date, you will receive an email with instructions regarding the online check-in process. As part of this process, it is important that you complete the online check-in form as soon as possible after your arrival to the United States. All new and tranfer students must attend a mandatory in-person check-in during Orientation week. If you do not complete these check-in procedures, you will be in violation of your immigration status.
You will need the following material in front of you to complete the online check-in form.
- Your I-20
- Your passport
- Copies of the following documents in pdf format to be uploaded online:
- Page 1 of WCM I-20
- Passport picture page
- F1 visa (with few exceptions)
- Visa entry stamp
- Electronic I-94 Travel Record (printed AFTER your arrival in the United States)
- If you have a dependent (F2), please include and submit all of the documents listed above.
Note for I-94 Travel Record:
If your I-94 record contains incorrect information or has not properly updated within 3 days upon entering the United States, please correct the information by contacting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Deferred Inspection Site.