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Remove Your Registration Holds

Required Activities
To review a list of your holds,
go to MyU and click the "Holds" notification.
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It is essential that you take action to remove the registration holds that are on your student record before your registration time. You will not be allowed to register for classes until these holds are removed.

Many international students have at least two holds on their records as part of admission to the University, and you will not be allowed to register until these holds are removed.

Below is a list of holds you should know about and instructions about their removal.

AI Hold (“Determine Visa Status”)

Placed By: International Student and Scholar Services

Complete all of your ISSS New Student Requirements.

Undergraduate students will also need to complete a mid-semester program for new international students before registering for future semesters (review the NIS hold information below). ISSS will email more after classes begin.

AZ Hold (“ESL, English/Second Language”)

Placed By: Minnesota English Language Program

To remove this, you may need to take an English proficiency test or register for a class. Review the English Proficiency page for more information.

MG and MJ Holds (“Grad School Final Degree Transcript and Master Transcript”)

Placed By: The Graduate School

This hold indicates that the Graduate School needs a transcript or other record to complete your admission file. Learn more at

AG Hold (Immunization Hold)

Placed By: Boynton Health Services

The University of Minnesota requires all students to complete the vaccination requirement. Failure to complete the requirement may result in a registration hold on your student account. You must complete this requirement by the 6th week of the semester. To learn more, review the information on the ISSS website about submitting your immunization form and/or Boynton Health's website.

FE and SFI Holds (“Financial Aid-Ineligible Plan and Not Eligible for Payment Plan”)

Non-degree students only

Non-degree students do not need to resolve the FE/SFI holds. These holds are only for administrative purposes, and they will not prevent you from registering at your appointed time.

Non-degree students should resolve any other holds that are on your record.

NIS Hold

Placed By: International Student and Scholar Services

All new international undergraduate students must complete the New International Student Seminar (NISS) program during their first semester. This hold will only be placed on your record if you do not complete NISS by the deadline. More information will be emailed to students after the start of the semester. You can also review the New International Student Seminar webpage for more information.