OIS holds a New International Scholar Orientation and Check-in session every Friday (except when the University is closed) from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Room 708 (7th floor), William Pitt Union. To register for Scholar Orientation, please click here.

Scholars will learn basic immigration regulations relevant to their status, and general information for adjustment to Pittsburgh and the surrounding community, and will also receive informational packets for future reference during their stay.

Bring your immigration documents (Form DS-2019, your passport, and your Form I-94 Arrival/Departure card). Your Check-in process will be facilitated if you bring a completed Check-in and Compliance Form with you to the session. The forms are available here.

Failure to check in with OIS in a timely manner may result in problems with your immigration status in the U.S. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a system designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to monitor all J-1 scholars, as well as other international visitors, will automatically invalidate the record of any J-1 scholar who does not report to OIS within 30 days of the start date listed on his/her Form DS-2019.