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International Student and Scholar Services

International Student Orientation

Required Check-In

Immigration regulations require F-1 and J-1 students to report to International Student & Scholar Services after they arrive in the United States. Students transferring to DU from another school or from the English Language Center must also report to our office upon completing their previous program.


1) Attend International Student Orientation

We are required to check that you are physically present in the U.S. Generally, this step is completed by attending orientation. However, due to the current closure of campus and move to remote instruction, orientation will be rescheduled in an online format.

2) Complete the Arrival Confirmation and Check-In Process

To complete this process, you will sign into the ISSS Portal ( using your standard DU login credentials.

ISSS Portal landing page


You will need to upload copies of your immigration documents as well as enter your US residential address and emergency contact information.

The easiest way to scan documents is with a mobile app, such as CamScanner, but you can also scan documents in multiple places on campus. We recommend Anderson Academic Commons (DU's library), but you can also find a full list of DU locations with public scanners here.

All students must submit the following:

  • Current U.S. entry visa (not required for citizens of Canada or Bermuda) 
  • Most recent I-94
  • Current passport biographical page
  • Copies of the above documents for all dependents
Additional Documents for Sponsored Students 
  • Final Financial Guarantee Letter (this cannot be a 'For Admissions Purposes Only' letter)
  • Release of Student Records (FERPA Release) form in PioneerWeb:
    • The Records to Release field should read "transcripts, academic reports, registration verification, change of major, change of level, failure to enroll, financial records, etc."
    • The Recipients field should include the name and contact information of your advisor and the address of your sponsoring agency. 
    • The Purpose of Release field should read "to report academic progress and facilitate payment of tuition, fees, stipends, etc."
    • You do not need to update the date fields.

Students Not in F-1 or J-1 Status

If you are attending DU in an immigration status other than F-1 or J-1 status, you do not need to complete the immigration check-in. However, we do strongly encourage you to still attend International Student Orientation.