UT Tyler

Office of International Programs

Check-in and Orientation Information


The U.S. Department of State requires that your program sponsor provide you with an orientation program. After you attend the orientation, an International Student & Scholar Advisor will validate your arrival in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database. This notifies the Department of Homeland Security that you have arrived, begun your J-1 exchange visitor program and your SEVIS record is changed to ACTIVE status.

Failure to attend orientation and have your SEVIS record validated may result in future immigration complications as well as problems in obtaining a Social Security Number.

Days and Time

Please contact ISSFS for scheduling a meeting as soon as possible after you arrive at UT Tyler, and attend the required J-1 Student & Scholar Orientation meeting with all of your documents with you (noted below).

What to Bring

You will need to bring the following documents to your orientation meeting for you and any accompanying J-2 dependents:

  • passport(s)
  • I-94 card(s)
  • DS-2019(s)
  • proof of insurance
  • a local U.S. Address and Emergency Contact information

Your J-2 dependent family members are welcome to attend the orientation with you; however, the J-1 student /scholar is the only one who is required to attend.

Note: If your family members do not accompany you to the orientation, please remember to bring their documents and insurance for verification.

At orientation, we will cover topics such as:

  • J-1 maintenance of immigration status
  • medical evacuation/repatriation insurance
  • employment
  • banking
  • U.S. tax laws
  • Texas Driver's License
  • University Identification Card (UT ID)
  • U.S. Social Security Number
  • intercultural and family programs
  • local transportation and shopping options

For more information, please contact ISSFS at 1.903.566.7479

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