OISS Check-In & Orientation Programs

OISS is excited to welcome you to the Yale community!  The OISS check-in and orientation program (which takes 60-90 minutes) is intended to provide you with a quick overview of your immigration responsibilities and the services of this office.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet other new international students and scholars and the OISS staff working with your school, as well as learn about a few of the many campus resources that will be important during your stay here. If at any time you have a question, just ask!  And of course, as new students, post-docs, faculty and staff, you will be invited to participate in the orientation program associated with your school, department or unit. Be sure to attend those programs as well.

Documents Required for OISS Check-In

Newly arrived students and scholars must check in with OISS.  For check-in, you must bring the following documents:

Your Passport

Your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019)

A printed copy of your I-94 record

Download and Print your I-94 here.  If there is any problem with your entry, OISS will try and help you resolve it.
  

When to check in at OISS


Graduate & Professional School Students

New graduate and professional school students will check in at OISS by school.

The OISS check-in includes a short orientation program conducted by an OISS adviser.  Covered in this session is a review of the rights and responsibilities of your immigration status, as well as an introduction to Yale and New Haven resources.  This is also an opportunity to ask your questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete. Where multiple check-in times are listed, you will be asked by email to choose and register for a time. Please be mindful of other orientation events and obligations that may be required of your school or program when selecting your check-in time.

Non-Degree Students

Newly arrived non-degree students (visiting assistants in research) should  check in with OISS at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the week you arrive on campus.  Please bring your passport, immigration document (DS-2019 or I-20) and a copy of your I-94 arrival document.  When you check-in at OISS, you will attend a short information session.  Included in this session, conducted by an OISS adviser, is a review of the rights and responsibilities of your immigration status, as well as an introduction to Yale and New Haven resources.  This is also an opportunity to ask your questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete.

Faculty, Research Scholars and Other Academic Visitors

Newly arrived scholars are asked to check in with OISS at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the week you arrive on campus.  Please bring your passport, immigration document (e.g. DS-2019, I-20, EAD, I-797, or a combination of these documents if applicable) and a copy of your I-94 arrival document. When you check-in at OISS, you will attend a short information session.  Included in this session, conducted by an OISS adviser, is a review of the rights and responsibilities of your immigration status, as well as an introduction to Yale and New Haven resources.  This is also an opportunity to ask your questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete.

Yale College Students

Most new Yale College students will check in during the Orientation for International Students.  If you are not participating in OIS, you will be asked to check in at noon (12 pm) on Friday, August 26th. Additional details will be sent to you by email in early August.

Spouses & Partners of Yale International Students and Scholars

OISS and the International Spouses & Partners at Yale (ISPY) organizes two extensive orientations for spouses, one in September and the second in January. If you arrive before or after one of these events, please feel free to come to the new scholar orientation or drop in at OISS to talk with an adviser if you have questions about settling into this new community.

Summer Session & ELI Students

Check-in for summer students is 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm during the following dates based on the program.

Session A

ELI Business/Law, Intensive & Post Grad

Session B

ELI 3 week

Tuesday, May 31 Monday, June 27 Tuesday, July 5 Monday, July 18
Wednesday, June 1 Tuesday, June 28 Wednesday, July 6 Tuesday, July 19
  Wednesday, June 29   Wednesday, July 20