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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. 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. See 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

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. They are for administrative purposes only, 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.