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A Division of the International Studies Office

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Virginia! We welcome you to the international student body of more than 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students from over 100 countries. We look forward to meeting you. If you are an exchange student, please visit the exchange student page

Please follow the steps below in the order listed to obtain your immigration document. Skipping steps will result in delay of creating your immigration documents. 

STEP 1:    

Accept your offer with UVA. 

  • Undergraduates: Please view instructions here
  • Graduates: Follow instructions from your school of enrollment
STEP 2:

Please complete the ITS New Student Checklist

Make sure you create your UVA email and setup your NetBadge authentication.
ISO will communicate directly to your UVA email NOT Darden, Comm, Law, etc. 

STEP 3:

Read the following resources:

STEP 4:

Complete our initial I-20/DS-2019 survey. This form is required if you intend to study in the United States under the F-1 or J-1 visa. 

STEP 5:

Within 5-6 business days after you submit the survey, you will receive a link to your UVA email with instructions to access ISSP Connect to complete your immigration request. Please use a laptop or desktop computer to complete immigration request. Do not use a mobile device. Ensure you complete all required fields and checkboxes within the request. 

Do not attempt to log into ISSP Connect prior to receiving the invitation to access the system as you will not be able to request your I-20 or DS-2019.  

STEP 6:

Check your UVA email. You will receive an email when an advisor requires more information, or when your I-20 or DS-2019 is ready. 

Steps to obtain your visa document and application

  1. Pay your I-901 SEVIS Fee
    • If you received a Transfer I-20, you do not need to pay the SEVIS fee again.  
  2. F-1 or J-1 Visa Application Process
  3. Entering the U.S. under a new F1 or J1 status
 

Check-in with ISO and UVA

Failure to submit your documents to ISO will result in a block on your university registration and may potentially result in a loss of your legal status in the U.S.

 

ISO Orientation

The recording of the ISO New International Student Orientation Session from June 10 is now available online

Please also check with your department and/or Orientation & New Student Programs for additional required orientation events.

 

Global Greeters at UVA 

  • The Global Greeters are UVA students who work with ISO to assist and welcome incoming international students during orientation, and to a lesser degree, throughout their first semester here on Grounds. Follow Global Greeters and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram
  • Meet each greeter: The 2022 Global Greeters 
    For more information or if you have questions, reach out to the Global Greeters Executive Team.

  • See the events schedule: 2022 Events Schedule
    Events include:

Picnic on the lawn - Looking for some friends to eat lunch with? Bring a packed lunch and join Global Greeters on the lawn for a casual picnic! We’re so excited to meet you!  Meetup on the Rotunda steps on the Lawn side. 

Shopping Trips - Need dorm essentials from Barracks Shopping Center? Need help figuring out bus routes? Our Global Greeters are here to help! We’d love to join you as you ride the bus for the first time and explore the shops at Barracks. Meet us at the Central Grounds Garage bus stop.

Insider's Tour - Curious about where the yummiest place to grab a meal between classes is? Want to know where you can find free printing? Our Global Greeters have the inside scoop. Join the Global Greeters for an “insider’s look” at UVA. Meet us at the front steps of Minor Hall. 

Take: New International Student Survey

Let us know how we can support you while you are at UVA.

 

UVA Student Council transportation from Dulles Airport

Students planning to arrive at Dulles are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of Student Council's AirBus service. This service will ONLY run on August 16 with multiple buses from 10am-10pm. The deadline to register for this is JULY 31 11:59PM EST. For more information, register here: Registration for Student Council AirBus.

For general information and to reach Charlottesville on other days, see the section Travel to Charlottesville

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