Moving to a new country is exciting—and also confusing! In the first few weeks, there are many new things to learn about and accomplish. We hope this information will help you as you settle in at Yale.
Your First Few Days
Please read our FAQs for international scholars to learn about changes in arrival dates and orientation. You should also review the additional resources and requirements on our COVID-19 page as well as Yale's COVID-19 page.
If you are on a J-1 visa, as soon as you arrive at Yale submit a 'New Scholar Check-In' request in your OISS Connect account. Your J-1 SEVIS record needs to be validated upon arrival so you can proceed with other administrative matters, like completing the I-9 process (if you will be a University employee). If you have any questions, email Sarah Solarski. Please complete this as soon as you arrive in the U.S.
Any changes in address must be reported/updated within 10 days of the change.
H-1B, O-1, TN and U.S. Permanent Residents
Scholars on F-1 OPT or OPT STEM Extension must report their employment information and U.S. address to the school they graduated from. Follow the instruction on our website:
Your department will be able to assist you in getting your Yale ID and setting up your NetID. If you are paid by Yale, they will also be able to answer questions about your benefits and employment status.
Log into Workday and complete your I-9 form - this must be done no later than your first day of employment.
You will meet with your OISS adviser for a 1-on-1 orientation. Your adviser will be in touch to schedule this with you.
OISS is always here to help. If you have any questions about your arrival, please contact your OISS adviser.
Upon arriving at Yale, you should be certain you understand your tax obligations and are ready when the filing season arrives. Here is what you can do to get prepared.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires Yale University to apply specific federal tax withholding and reporting rules consistent with your U.S. tax status, i.e., resident or nonresident tax filers. Resident tax filers are taxed same as U.S. citizens, while nonresident tax filers are taxed under different withholding and reporting rules. Non U.S. students and scholars receiving payments from the University (e.g., compensation, stipend, fellowship, etc.) are required to complete the Foreign National Information System (FNIS) application with the International Tax Department. Once the FNIS application is completed and submitted to the International Tax Department, you will receive notification regarding U.S. tax residency, treaty eligibility and instructions for completing Form W-4 and CT-W4. If you have not received the FNIS application link, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are eligible for a U.S. social security number (SSN), apply for one now.
If you do not already have an SSN, you should apply for one. You are eligible for the SSN as soon as your OISS check-in process is complete. Learn about what you need an SSN for and more on our informational page.
It is important that you maintain lawful J-1 or H-1B status while in the U.S. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your stay in the U.S. remains valid, such as reporting any changes in address, enrolling in health insurance, and more.
Check out our shopping section for information on where you can purchase the items you need when you get here.