Carnegie Mellon University

International Student and Scholar Mandatory Immigration Check-In

Fall 2022 

International students with a fall 2022 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:

  • New fall 2022 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 

Fall 2022 students must complete the OIE online immigration check-in immediately as the August 28 deadline date has passed. Failure to complete the OIE immigration check-in will result in a loss in your F-1/J-1 status and benefits. If your plans have changed or you are unable to join us in the U.S. for the fall 2022 semester, please let us and your admitting department know of your new plans if you have not done so already.

Welcome Session 

All new international students who will be joining us in Pittsburgh are invited to attend an in-person Welcome Session with OIE Director Linda Gentile and the OIE staff. This session will include an introduction to the OIE office and services. 

Graduate Students: Wednesday, August 17 from 9:30 - 11:00 AM, the Orientation Tent on the College of Fine Arts (CFA) lawn (rain location: Cohen University Center, Rangos Ballroom) 

  • Registration is not required.
  • All international graduate students are welcome and encouraged, but not required, to attend the session.

Undergraduate Students: Sunday, August 21 from 2:30 - 3:30 PM, the Orientation Tent on the College of Fine Arts (CFA) lawn (rain location: Cohen University Center, McConomy Auditorium)

  • Registration is not required but undergraduate students are expected to be in attendance. Accompanying family members are also invited to attend.

Orientation & Immigration Check-In: Begins late-July

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.


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 late-July. 
    2. Students will receive an email and be required to accept the Canvas course invitation.
    3. This step can be completed overseas. 
  2. Submit the "Mandatory Immigration Check-In for New/Return from Leave Students" e-Form in the MyOIE Portal   
    1. The e-Form titled "Mandatory Immigration Check-In for New/Return from Leave Students" will become available to submit in late-July. 
    2. This step can ONLY be completed after the student has arrived to the U.S. 
    3. Students needing assistance in completing the e-form may visit the Cyert Hall Computer Lab Room 100A between 11am - 1pm on Monday, August 22 and between 1pm - 3pm on Friday, August 26, 2022.

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.  Students are encouraged to submit the e-Form as soon as possible after arrival in the U.S.   

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

OIE will contact all RLOA International Students by emailing their Andrew email accounts the mandatory orientation session and check-in. 

RLOA students must also complete the Mandatory Immigration Check-In for New/Return from Leave Students 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 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.