Carnegie Mellon University

International Student Mandatory Immigration Check-In

Fall 2021 

International students with a fall 2021 program start date on their I-20/DS-2019 who are physically present in the U.S. are required to complete a mandatory orientation and immigration check-in with the Office of International Education (OIE).  This includes:

  • Fall 2020 or spring 2021 admits who began their program remotely overseas who are physically present in the U.S. for the fall 2021 semester
  • New fall 2021 admits who are physically present in the U.S. for the fall semester 
  • Return from leave students who are physically present in the U.S. for the fall  semester 

The fall 2021 OIE immigration check-in for international (and transfer) students will take place remotely - see "Mandatory International Student Orientation and Check-In" below: 

Welcome Sessions via Zoom 

All new international students are invited to attend a virtual, live Welcome Session with OIE Director Linda Gentile and the OIE staff. This session will include an introduction to the OIE office and services, remote orientation details, and answers to some frequently asked questions about the fall semester. Session details:

Welcome Session for Graduate Students: 10 a.m. (EST), Wednesday, August 18 via Zoom. 

Welcome Session for Undergraduate Students: 1 p.m. (EST), Sunday, August 22 via Zoom. 

  • Registration is not required.
  • OIE will send an email to all new students that will contain the Zoom link.
  • On the scheduled date and time, log in to the Zoom session with your AndrewID.
  • All international students are welcome, but not required, to attend the session.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Orientation & Immigration Check-In: Begins Early August

students who will be physically present in the U.S.

The orientation and check-in is mandatory for non-immigrant international students on Carnegie Mellon’s visa documents (F-1 or J-1 status) and who are physically present in the U.S.

For fall 2021, orientation and check-in will be offered remotely. 


Students are encouraged to complete these requirements as soon as possible after their arrival to the U.S: 

  1. Complete the Canvas Course and Pass Quiz   
    1. The canvas course will become available in early August 
    2. The link to sign up for the course will be sent to new students by email later this summer.  
    3. This step can be completed overseas. 
  2. Submit the Newly Admitted Arrival e-Form in the MyOIE Portal   
    1. The e-Form will become available to submit in early August 
    2. This step can ONLY be completed after the student has arrived to the U.S. 
Once all components of the orientation course have been successfully completed and the e-Form has been submitted, the student's SEVIS record will be activated by OIE.

Transfer students in the U.S. for the fall semester must complete the remote International Student Orientation and Check-In session (see above).

*Note: Transfer students will need to submit not only a copy of their most recent I-94, but also their travel history, as part of their MyOIE e-Form submission.  When submitting these documents, we ask that you upload these two separate documents into one PDF file. Refer to these Adobe Acrobat instructions if you are unsure of how to merge these files.

Students who are returning to CMU after a brief period of absence from their CMU program, must complete the remote International Student Orientation and Check-In session (see above).  

OIE will contact all RLOA International Students by emailing their Andrew email accounts the mandatory orientation session and check-in. For fall 2021, this session will be delivered remotely. 

RLOA students must also complete the Newly Admitted Student Arrival E-Form in their MyOIE Portal

The OIE Scholar Orientation is held remotely on most Thursdays and will always start at exactly 1 p.m. (EST). 

At orientation, OIE will review the required immigration information (pdf), as well as campus and local resources. Please call 412-268-5231 or email to register to attend an orientation session. After you have registered, OIE will email you prior to the orientation session with Zoom details. 

All J-1 visitors are required to attend the virtual OIE Scholar Orientation session. The following documents must be emailed to OIE prior to the session.