A Division of the International Studies Office

Newly Admitted Students

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

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. 


Read the following resources:


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. 


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.  


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

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

Graduate Student Orientation  Tuesday, August 20 10AM Minor 125
Undergraduate Student Orientation Thursday, August 22 2:30PM Chem 402
Exchange Student Orientation Monday, August 26 2PM Minor 125

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. See the main Global Greeters web page for more information. Follow Global Greeters and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram. More information about 2024 Global Greeters events coming soon!


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. More updates to come on the Student Council website.

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