The University of South Florida and our office will be closed for the winter break starting at 5:00pm on Dec. 22, 2017 and will re-open at 8:00am on Jan. 2, 2018. Please make sure any time sensitive issues are resolved prior to the closure. Processing of eforms/documents will resume in 2018. The closure time will not count towards any published processing times.
Document Check and Immigration Information Sessions
In addition to the iStart online process, students will need to complete Document Check, attend an Immigration Information Session and attend a university orientation. Graduate Students should plan to attend the Graduate Orientation and Undergraduate Students (First Year and Transfer) should plan to attend GloBull Beginnings Week.
What is Document Check?
Document Check is the process by which an international advisor (DSO) checks that all of your immigration documents show correct status and entry into the US. You need to complete all of your tasks in iStart, including uploading copies of your immigration documents, to be eligible for Document Check. Once you arrive in the US, you can upload documents to iStart from your electronic device, any university computer, or using the computers at our office in the Patel Center for Global Solutions.
For F-1 and J-1 students, Document Check is a face-to-face meeting. For students who are not F-1 or J-1 students, this is only an online procedure.
Document Check Tips:
Carefully read and complete ALL Post-Arrival E-Forms BEFORE attending Document Check. If you have trouble completing an E-form, ask for help before you sign in for Document Check.
Bring all of your immigration documents with you to Document Check.
Come to our office during walk-in hours for assistance with uploading documents or completing any e-form.
Make sure you have signed and uploaded your newest I-20, I-94, and POE stamp in the appropriate E-Form. INTO to USF Change of Level and Transfer students should upload their new USF degree seeking I-20.
Enter your address in OASIS as soon as possible, even if it’s a temporary address. This includes a hotel address or a friend’s address. You can update the address once you find a permanent place.
Wait times vary depending on how many students come to each session. Plan to stay for the duration of the scheduled Document Check session.
What is an Immigration Information Session? During the Immigration Information Session you will learn important information on how to maintain your immigration status while attending USF and employment eligibility.
Below is a table to assist you with selecting the Document Check and Immigration Session Date/Time that best fits your level, immigration status, and situation.
Please make every effort to arrive in time to attend one of the scheduled sessions. If you arrive late and miss the scheduled Document Check and/or Information Sessions as listed below, you will receive an email AFTER THE LAST SESSION with late arrival instructions. Please be aware that late arrival can cause delays with payments for graduate assistantships, obtaining driver’s licenses, and gaining employment on-campus.
Exchange Students – January 4, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm; CGS combined rooms
If students need assistance with scanning and uploading their documents, they can visit the Office of International Services during working hours, weekdays 8am – 5pm. For online assistance, go to the Document Imaging webpage.