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 email@example.com.
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.
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.