International Check-in and Orientation

International Student Check-In and Orientation

INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION: Mandatory for NEW, TRANSFER, CHANGE-of-STATUS and REINSTATEMENT students (see below for details)

INTERNATIONAL CHECK-IN: Mandatory for NEW, CHANGE-of-STATUS, TRAVEL REINSTATEMENT students (see below for details)                  

*Transfer Students do not need to go through the check-in process.

New International Student Check-In

Check-In for New Arrivals, Change-of-Status Approved and Travel Reinstatement Students

All F-1 new arrivals, travel reinstatement students, and students with change-of-status approval to F1/F2 must  immediately contact the Office of International Services & Programs (ISP) for the mandatory Virtual New Student Check-in. 

Click on the List of Check-in Documents  to view the set of documents

Prepare copies of the following documents in .PDF format and email them to oiss.international@hccs.edu and your assigned DSO. Include your HCC ID and "Check-in" in the subject matter of the email.

F-1 New arrival & Travel Reinstatement

  1. Completed International Student Check-In Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20* 
  3. Passport (photo page) 
  4. Visa page
  5. I-94 - you can print your Most Recent I-94 at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov.  If you receive an error that your I-94 was "Not Found", follow the directions in this document to request a correction to your I-94 record: I-94 Correction Instructions
  6. Receipt of online payment for the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in . For more information, see International Payment Tutorial
  7. Receipt of SEVIS fee I-901. You can retrieve the receipt from http://www.fmjfee.com/. ( for travel  reinstatement only)

 

 Change-of-Status Approved

  1. Completed International Student Check-In Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20* 
  3. Copy of the COS Approval Notice  I-797A (front and back)*
  4. Receipt of online payment for the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in . For more information, see 

*Provide this document for all dependents (spouse/ children) on F-2 visa

Your DSO will review all documents and will guide you through your  Next Steps at HCC. 

Click here to follow the New Arriving F-1 Student Steps

 

Mandatory International Student Orientation

Spring 2023

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Change-of-Status, Transfer and Reinstatement international F-1 students. 

The  International Orientation is scheduled for September 9 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time. Students will receive two separate individual invitations sent to their primary email accounts. 

The orientation will be offered in a Hybrid Format in 2 days:

First day (January 11; 8:30 am - 12 pm): Online via WebEx and Second day (January 12; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm): In-person. 

Topics to be covered

  • Meeting and Making New Friends during COVID-19
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Academic requirements
  • Maintaining Your F-1 Status
  • College Transfer Opportunity
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Safety and Security
  • Obtaining your Driver's License
  • Using public transportation
  • Campus and Student Life
  • Virtual Campus Tour

 

Registration Process for the Virtual Orientation on January 11, 2022 from 8:30 am to 12 pm Central Time

Orientation on January 11 will be conducted via Webex . You will receive an invitation sent to your primary email to complete the registration form that will be part of the invitation. You may need to download and set up the Webex application before the orientation day.

You only need to add your Last and First Names, valid email address and HCC ID number on the left side and submit the registration. No password is required.

Once you register, you will receive a second email confirming your registration. 15 minutes prior to the event (not earlier), you will be able to join the session.

Check your primary email in HCC Student account, to ensure you receive all communications from our office.