ISSS Check-In for New Scholars

Scholar Check-In is a mandatory process that verifies a visitor's arrival and proper immigration status for SEVIS purposes. This is to ensure that the scholar is eligible to start their J program at the University of Minnesota.

All new J-1 scholars who were issued a DS-2019 by ISSS are required to complete Scholar Check-In within 25 days of their DS-2019 start date.

You are expected to keep your hosting department informed regarding your arrival and any delay beyond the 25 days. Review the grace periods information to see what to do if you are delayed.

How to Check-in

Please send an email titled “Check-In” with the following documents and information to [email protected].

All attached documents should be separate, labeled files. Please do not combine your immigration documents into one file. 

  • U.S. residential address (a temporary location is fine)
  • U.S. phone number (if necessary, you can use a temporary number such as a friend or your department)
  • DS-2019 with the markings made by the embassy/consulate
  • Passport
  • J-1 entry visa and admission stamp 
  • Most recent I-94 record - If you did not receive an entry stamp in your passport
  • UMN ID number, if known
  • For dependents: Provide J-2 arrival documents as well (if they will arrive later, send us copies of their documents once they arrive)
  • For scholar transfers: Previous school’s DS-2019 and the items above (you will receive your UMN DS-2019 after your Check-In)
  • For scholars who just changed status to J-1: I-797 and the items above
Last updated: August 30, 2021