New Scholar Check-in

Use this request to notify OISS that you have arrived in the U.S. in J-1 status so that your SEVIS record can be validated.

When to Make This Request

Once you arrive in the U.S., you are required to check in on OISS Connect as soon as possible. You cannot complete your I-9 verification (federally required if you receive Yale funds) until your SEVIS record has been activated. Your immigration status could be jeopardized if you do not check in in a timely manner.

Preparing to Make the Request

How to Make the New Scholar Check-in Request in OISS Connect

  1. Log into OISS Connect with your email address and password (not NetID)
  2. Click on the Requests tab:
    Requests tab
  3. Click the New Scholar Check-in button under 'Available Requests' at the bottom left:
    Click the New Scholar Check-in button
  4. Fill out all required information, and upload the documents by clicking Browse or dragging files into this area. You may upload multiple files at the same time.

    Required documents to upload:

    • A PDF of your I-94
    • A PDF of the J-1 visa in your passport
    • A PDF of paper DS-2019 that a visa officer returned to you after you applied for your visa (or if Canadian, the DS-2019 that a port of entry officer reviewed for your admission to the U.S.).
    • The above documents for each J-2 dependent (if any) who has entered the U.S. with you
    • If you are on the Student Intern Exchange Visitor Category (see section 4 of DS-2019), scans/photos of both pages, front and back, of your Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002). Make sure that it includes all three signatures and signature dates.
  5. When prompted, answer that you have completed the New Scholar Orientation on Homebase, and in the next field, enter the code you received on the last page of the orientation module. If you have completed the orientation but forgot this code, please follow these instructions to retrieve it.
  6. Click the Create Request button at the bottom of the window to complete the request.

Next Steps after Submitting this Request

Your request should be processed within 3-4 business days. Once your request has been validated by OISS, you will receive an email notifying you that your record is active in SEVIS and that a new DS-2019 signed for travel is now available in OISS Connect. Once your record is active, you may proceed with other administrative matters, like completing the I-9 process (if you will be compensated by Yale) and applying for your Social Security Number.

Please see Your First Two Weeks for detailed information on your next steps.

Need Help?

If you have trouble completing this request, please email Arlen Stabbe.