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:


Immigration document (I-20, DS-2019, H-1B approval)

Your I-94 record

Download and/or Print your I-94 here.  If there is any problem with your entry, OISS will help you resolve it when you check-in. You will not have a I-94 Record before you enter the U.S., so you should access and print it after your arrival.

J-1: Print read and sign insurance compliance form

Update your address

         Your permanent or temporary address in the U.S.


When to check in at OISS

Newly-arrived international faculty, researchers and non-degree students are asked to check in with OISS (421 Temple Street, New Haven) at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the week you arrive on campus.  Please bring all of the documents listed above. When you check-in at OISS, you will also attend an orientation session which includes information on 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 questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete.

Spouses & Partners of Yale International Students and Scholars

Spouses, partners and family members are welcome to join the orientation listed above. In addition OISS and the International Spouses & Partners at Yale (ISPY) organize two extensive orientations for spouses, one in September and the second in January. If you arrive before or after one of these events, please know that you can also make an appointment to meet with an OISS advisor if you have questions about your transition to the Yale community.

Summer Session & ELI Students

Summer Session A:

May 29 - 31, 12:00 noon - 4:00pm, OISS (421 Temple Street)

Please bring your passport and I-20.

Dates & Times to-be-announced for all other summer sessions (Session B, ELI, ELI u-prep, ELI Law/Business).