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All individuals whose visa status is sponsored by JHU are required to check-in with the Office of International Services upon arrival to the respective campus. In most cases, the check-in process will be completed online.  Please read the information below for specific instructions based on visa status.


F-1 And J-1 Student Check-In (Online)

Newly admitted students will be contacted by email regarding the check-in process.  Check-in processes may vary by school.  Students who are asked to upload copies of their immigration documents can refer to the SEVIS Check-In Document Upload Instructions for more information.


J-1 Scholar Check-In (Online)

Individuals sponsored for J-1 status in the research scholar, short-term scholar or professor category will receive check-in instructions by email.  If you do not receive those instructions or have questions about them, please contact  



Check-In for individuals in all other visa statuses (in person)

The following documents are required for check-in:

  • OIS Check-In Form (please make sure to complete the correct form.

JHU-sponsored Check-In Form: This form should be completed by individuals in an H-1B, J-1 Alien Physician, TN, E-3, O-1 or F-1* status that is sponsored by Johns Hopkins.  "Sponsored by" means that JHU provided the individual with a form I-20, DS-2019 or filed a petition with USCIS on behalf of that individual. 

Non-sponsored Check-In Form: This form should be completed by individuals in all other visa statuses or in the above visa status but NOT sponsored by JHU.  "Non-sponsored" means that JHU did not provide the individual with a form I-20 or DS-2019 or file a petition with USCIS on behalf of that individual.

  • Your Passport
  • Your U.S. visa stamp (if applicable)
  • Your I-94 Document.  To retrieve your I-94 information, please visit the Customs and Border Protection website.  Enter the required information and print your I-94 document.  Bring this document with you to check in.  If you experience difficulty, please inform OIS staff when checking in and we will help you retrieve the document.
  • Documents demonstrating your immigration status (for example:  I-20, DS-2019, I-797 Approval Notice, EAD Card, Green Card)

*Only F-1 students sponsored by JHU who are working at JHU on OPT should complete this form.  All other F-1 students will follow the Student Check-In process described above.


Change of Status

Individuals who have undergone a change of status to a new immigration status (i.e. F-1 to J-1, J-1 to H-1B, etc.) are required to come in and complete the check-in process again upon receiving confirmation of the approval of the change of status application or re-entry to the U.S. in the new status.

I-9 Information

For individuals being paid by the School of Medicine, the OIS will also complete your I-9 Employment Eligibility Form at your check-in.  This process requires that you present specific documentation to verify your employment eligibility.  Please see the list of acceptable documentation for completing the I-9 process.