New International Students
All new international students must complete an immigration check-in with our office and attend an immigration orientation session. You can complete the immigration check-in by visiting our office (Student Center 242) during our office hours.
To Check in, please bring with you:
- Your original Immigration documents (passport, visa, Form I-20 or DS20-19, and I-94 card)
- Copies of your Immigration documents (passport, visa, Form I-20 or DS20-19, and I-94 card)
- Local contact information (local address, phone, email, emergency contact information)
Returning International Students
The MISPO office no longer requires continuing students to complete an Entrance Interview each term. If you travelled outside the U.S. over the summer, please take a moment to review your immigration documents.
- Is your passport still valid for 6 months beyond your program end date? If not, take steps to have it renewed with your consulate.
- Is the student visa in your passport still valid? If not, the next time you travel outside the U.S. you will need to make sure that you leave enough time to process a renewal prior to your return.
- Is the information on your Form I-20 or DS-2019 still correct? Has your major changed? Is your program end date still accurate? Has your funding changed significantly? If yes, your document requires an update.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: Does your I-94 card have F-1 D/S or J-1 D/S written or stamped on it? If a date (as opposed to D/S) is written on your card, you were only admitted to the U.S. for 30 days and should have received a form I-515. This could have happened if you forgot to have your document signed prior to leaving or if you forgot your document completely. Any student with a Form I-515 and a date written on their Form I-94, must come to the MISPO office immediately to have this fixed.
- The MISPO office would be happy to check your documents for you. Please feel free to stop by during regular office hours.
UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS! Every time you move to a new address (or arrive here for the first time), you MUST update your current "mailing address" with your U.S. address through the Hofstra Portal and by notifying the MISPO office. Failure to maintain your address accordingly will result in a status violation per immigration regulations.