OISA Check-in for Initial Students

Once you arrive in the U.S., it is important to check in with OISA. This includes uploading photos or scans of the following documents for you and all dependents to your International Student and Scholar (ISS) Portal account. This serves to confirm that you have arrived in the U.S. and that you understand what is needed to stay in status as an F-1 student.

Before logging into your ISS Portal account, please gather the following documents/information:

  • Passport Photo Page (Required)
  • F-1 Visa Page (or Change of Status Approval Notice if applicable) (Required)
  • Entry Stamp in Passport (Required)
  • Wesleyan Form I-20 (Required)
  • Most Recent I-94 Record (Required)
  • Dependent Documentation (if applicable)

To start your Check In with OISA, log in to your ISS Portal account by clicking on LOGIN at the top right corner of the page. Use your Wesleyan credentials to log in.

Once logged in, click on the gray house icon located at the left side of the black navigation bar. Select Site Home from the drop-down menu. You will be redirected to the ISS Portal main page.

Select F-1 Student Requests from the menu on the left side of the page, then click on OISA Check-In for Students with Initial I-20s from the menu choices on the next page. You will then be asked to select the term that you are checking in for.

Make sure to carefully review the Announcements and Instructions sections on the page that you are redirected to.

In order to provide OISA with the information needed to complete your check-in process with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), you will need to complete the following sections and requests:

Attached Documents: You will be asked to attach scans of your Passport Photo Page and F-1 Visa Page (or Change of Status Approval Notice if applicable). The F-1 visa requirement does not apply to Canadian citizens, who should instead upload a document stating that this does not apply to them. Also upload the Entry Stamp in your Passport, Wesleyan Form I-20 (all 3 pages), and most recent I-94 Record. To obtain your most recent I-94 Record, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s website.

If you will be bringing dependents with you to Wesleyan, please upload a copy of each dependent’s Passport Photo Page and F-2 Visa Stamp (if applicable). Please upload your dependent(s) documentation in one file.

Signature Documents: This section will ask you to review and digitally sign documents with important information that indicate your understanding. Please be aware that these are legal documents. Please contact OISA if you have any questions before clicking the buttons to digitally sign these documents.

Assessments: In this section, you will take a quiz to show that you understand how to maintain status as an F-1 student. You are allowed to take this assessment 2 times and your final score will be the highest score you receive. Your final score must be at least 90% in order to complete this assessment.

Questionnaire: Please complete the Personal Contact & Emergency Contact Information questionnaire. This will ask you to provide information for your current U.S. mailing address, U.S. physical address (where you are living), current U.S. phone number, emergency contact information, and current foreign phone number.

You can click the save button at the bottom of the form to save your answers as you go along but make sure you click the submit button to submit the information to your request.

When you have completed all of the sections, click the submit button at the top of the page to complete your check in with OISA.

If you start a request in the ISS Portal but are unable to complete it, you may return to this request at a later time. Do not start a new one. To return to an existing request, please go to your ISS Portal User Home Page.

Filing Form AR-11

Students must also complete a Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card, to notify the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of their address in the United States. A Form AR-11 should also be submitted online within 10 days of any future address changes while studying in the U.S. through an F-1 visa.