International Services

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.


Spring 2018

I am….

I need to….

Document Check Date/Time/Location

Information Session Date/Time/Location

Undergraduate Student

  • Complete iStart E-Forms
  • Attend Document Check
  • Attend an Immigration Information Session

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 9:00am - Noon, CGS 1st Floor

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, part of Global Beginnings

Graduate Student
(F-1/J-1 visas)

  • Complete iStart E-Forms
  • Attend Document Check
  • Attend an Immigration Information Session

 

Early Doc Check for Grads with GAs, TAs, and RAs:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm, CGS 1st Floor

Early Doc Check for Grads with GAs, TAs, and RAs: Thursday, December 21, 2017, 10:00am-Noon, CGS 1st Floor

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Friday, January 5, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Early Info Session for Grads with GAs, TAs, and RAs: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:00pm-5:00pm, CGS Auditorium

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 4:00- 5:00pm, CGS Auditorium

F-1 SEVIS Transfer Student  (any level)

  • Complete iStart E-Forms
  • Attend Document Check
  • Attend an Immigration Information Session

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm, CGS 1st Floor

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 1:30pm-3:00pm, CGS 1st Floor

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Friday, January 5, 2018, 2:00pm -4:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Friday, December 13, 2017, 5:00pm-5:30pm, CGS Auditorium

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 3:30pm-4:00pm, CGS Auditorium

Friday, January 5, 2018, 4:00- 4:30pm, CGS Auditorium

INTO to USF Change of Level
(F-1/J-1 visas)

  • Complete iStart E-Forms
  • Attend Document Check
  • Attend an Immigration Information Session

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Friday, January 5, 2018, 2:00pm -4:00pm,  CGS 1st Floor

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00pm-5:30pm, CGS Combined rooms

Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00pm-5:30pm, CGS Combined rooms

Friday, January 5, 2018, 4:00- 4:30pm, CGS Auditorium

Current USF Student Change of Level

Complete iStart E-Forms, Register for courses, Pick up NEW I-20 showing Continued Attendance for USF Degree Program by January 19, 2018

Exchange Student

Complete iStart E-Forms , Register for courses, and meet with the Exchange Student Advisor during Orientation by January 4, 2018.

Not an F-1/ J-1 visa holder (ex. H4, E2, L2, TPS, H1-B, DACA..)

Complete iStart E-Forms and Register for courses

New Student Orientation Sessions Dates/Time for Spring 2018

Scanning/Uploading Documents
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.

 

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