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International Student Check-In

An institution approved to issue I-20 or DS-2019 by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the U.S. Department of State is required to maintain specific documents and information on all F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents. To comply with the record-keeping requirement, the Illinois Tech International Center requires all incoming new F-1 and J-1 students to visit the office to "check-in" within two business days of their arrival to Chicago.

If you are an incoming new F-1 or J-1 student, a registration hold has been placed on your student account and will remain in effect until you check in with the International Center. This hold will prevent you from enrolling in courses or obtaining a student ID card. This check-in is separate from both the SOAR (orientation) and housing check-ins. 

New International Student Check-in - spring 2020

All new international students who are arriving for the Spring 2020 semster can complete their check-in with the International Center, as early as Monday, January 6th, 2020.  To do so, please stop by the McCormick Tribune Center, Room 106, i.e The One Stop.   Students arriving prior to January 6th, 2019 can check in at the One Stop, MTCC Room 106.

Students arriving from January 6th, 2020 will be able to complete their check-in during the following dates and times in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Rooms (705-706) : 

  • Monday Janury 6th through Friday Friday the 17th from 10am - 4pm

Required documents for new student check-in

  • Passport 
  • Visa stamp in passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019*
  • EAD Card (If Applicable)
  • Local Address in the U.S. 
  • Local Telephone Number in the U.S. 

*If you transferred from another U.S. institution, the International Center will also need to copy your previous school’s I-20/ DS-2019 form.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the International Center at