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Office of International Programs

Checklists for New International Students

The New International Student Checklist is divided into two parts: Pre-Arrival to the U.S. and Post-Arrival. Use this checklist to keep track of all the important assignments you must complete as you prepare to register for classes.


  • Apply to UT Tyler online.
  • Track your admissions status and accept your admission.
  • Apply for a passport if you do not already have one.
  • Apply for a Form I-20 by completing the following steps:
  1. Complete the Certification of Financial Responsibility.
  2. Submit Financial Documents.
  3. Submit a Copy of Passport.
  • If desired, opt for express mail to receive your Form I-20.  Otherwise, the Form I-20 is sent through regular postal mail which takes 4-6 weeks for delivery.
  • Pay SEVIS I-901 fee online, once you receive your Form I-20.
  • Ensure you have completed all UT Tyler Medical Clearance Requirements
    • Complete your Tuberculosis (TB) Screening.  The TB screening is required for all in coming International and Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) students who are considered to be at high risk for tuberculosis disease, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to be screened for tuberculosis (TB).  It is a mandatory requirement for high risk students to be screened and/or tested for TB either prior to their arrival to UT Tyler, or immediate upon their arrival to the UT Tyler campus.
  • Register for Mandatory New International Student Orientation.
  • Contact your corresponding US embassy or consulate and schedule your visa interview.
  • Prepare the required documents for you visa interview. In addition to filling out the Form DS-160 online, check the website for the US embassy or consulate where you will be interviewed to see what documents they require.  

Generally, you should take with you:

  1. Admission letter.
  2. Form I-20.
  3. Proof of funding/sponsorship as reflected on the Form I-20.
  4. Passport.
  5. Proof of ties to your home country and your intent to return after studying.
  6. Any other recommendations based on the website for the US embassy or consulate.
  7. Research housing options. There are both on-campus and off-campus housing options.
  • Enter the U.S. as a student no earlier than 30 days prior to start of classes.  At the port of entry, present your passport, F-1 student visa, Form I-20 and your admission letter.
  • Become Familiar with the requirements for maintaining your F-1 status.


  • Attend New International Student Orientation.
  • Meet with your International Advisor in the International Student, Scholar, & Faculty Services (ISSFS) Office to check-in and submit scanned copies of your passport, F-1 visa, signed Form I-20, and I-94 (in English). On orientation day, the ISSFS office will be closed for the duration of New International Student Orientation, but will re-open at 2 p.m. Normal advising hours are 1 - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Update your U.S. local address and US phone number with your International Advisor at ISSFS. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires you to update your US local address and phone number within 10 days of any change.
  • Review the OIP Important Dates to Remember for registration and payment deadlines.
  • Manage your Holds - You cannot register for classes until holds are removed. Meet with your academic advisor to determine steps necessary to remove the hold.  
  • Some graduate students may have a mandatory orientation for their major. Academic advising will be completed at this orientation.
  • Register for classes.
  • Pay your tuition and fees through the myUTTyler student system in the UT Tyler's cashier's office.
  • After you have paid your tuition and fees, the cashier's office will issue you a Patriot Power (P2) Card, the official identification card of The University of Texas at Tyler.   
  • Become familiar with the requirements for maintaining your F-1 status.
  • Attend cultural events and get involved at UT Tyler.
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