Students arriving in the U.S. from abroad or transferring their SEVIS record from another school must submit an online check in form for OIA within three business days of arriving in Chicago. Checking in with OIA is required by law for you to maintain your immigration status. You do not need to physically come to the office to submit this form or complete your check-in requirement. The required check-in submission is online only.
If you are coming into a different U.S. city first and won't be coming to Chicago for a few days/weeks, you can either check in from the other city or wait until you get to Chicago. You must check in within three days of coming to Chicago, but you can check in from a different U.S. city before that.
If you are currently staying in a hotel or other temporary accommodations and don't know your permanent address, you must make the address update with the information from your hotel and then submit another address update once you move. You are required by law to update your address within 10 days every time you move.
To complete the online check-in form, you will need to upload images of your immigration documents to the e-form below. These images can be scans or high quality digital photos from your camera, smart phone, computer's internal webcam, or tablet.
If you don't have access to a scanner, but you have a smartphone or tablet, you can take pictures of your documents directly from the form (Click on 'Choose File', then 'Take Photo or Video' on the iPhone) or upload them onto the form from your saved photos. Additionally, you can download a free scanning app such as CamScanner for Android or iPhone.
In addition to the equipment available at Regenstein and other campus libraries, many academic departments have computer stations at which you can scan/upload these documents. If you don't have a way to create scans of your documents, OIA has a computer/scanner in our office that you can use during office hours. Do note that there is generally a line to use this equipment. To avoid delays or long lines, it is recommended that you try one of of the above submission methods before coming to OIA.
Note: There are separate check-in forms for students with pending and recently-approved Change of Status Requests and Graduate Non-Degree Visiting Students.
Fulbright Students: All Fulbright students, regardless of sponsorship, must submit a check-in form through OIA.
STOP! Before filling out this form, you must UPDATE YOUR SEVIS ADDRESS according to the following instructions:
ALL STUDENTS EXCEPT BOOTH: Follow the address update instructions exactly to submit your address update. Make sure you set the 'effective date' as today's date. If your accommodations change, you will need to submit a new address update each time you move.
IMPORTANT: The address formatting required by USCIS is very particular and may look different from U.S. addresses you have seen before. Note that failure to follow the address formatting instructions will prevent your F-1/J-1 record from being registered and you will not maintain your F-1/J-1 status. If you are staying in temporary accommodations (e.g. a hotel), you must use the address of the hotel and then update it again after you move.