New International Student Orientation

Fall 2021
Friday, August 13, 2-3:30PM PST, VIRTUAL ONLY (changed from previous correspondence over spring/early summer). 

New F-1 visa holders must report to the school within 15 days of their arrival to the US. Please email Jody when you arrive with your U.S. address (even if it's not permanent). Jody is at  Please also review CIIS Vaccination Policy on and if you will not meet criteria please contact Jody for advising.

Vaccine Verification:


At the New International Student Orientation will discuss your immigration rights and responsibilities, services offered at CIIS, and take questions that you may have. You can reivew the information at

Participation in the International Student Orientation is required. We ask you to prioritize it, however there is a conflict with your CIIS degree program courses or retreat, please let us know.
Please send the following copies to Jody via email before the orientation:
  • Visa in your passport and admission stamp (admission stamp only for Canadian citizens)
  • I-94 Admission Number
  • Proof of Health insurance in English
  • Guide to US Health Care document description on MyCIIS provided links to US plans

Please also have your SEVIS I-20 form and passport available.

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COVID-19 Updates

All information on the link below is valid for the AY 2021-2022.

Check the CIIS website international students page for on-going updates

If you depart the U.S. to do your online courses, please email me directly. Please also report any (temporary) changes of your U.S. address during the COVID-19 emergency.

Review the FAQ document for non-immigrant students at the ICE website at



You must log in to check your admission number each time you re-enter the U.S. to confirm that your entry to the U.S. was recorded properly. Please keep all copies of all I-94 print outs.

This number shows proof of your being admitted to the U.S. in a legal status and is used for many purposes such as applying for a SSN, dealings at the DMV, and applications for OPT among other things.
To retrieve this number electronically, visit:  

If you have trouble retrieving your number, please make an appointment with Jody so we can get it for you.  Please note that often it is the name field that causes issues so if you have more than one last name please try a variety of combinations.


Study in the States U.S. Government webiste


Maintaining your status and more. Please use CIIS documents and IS Handbook to supplement information from this website. Thank you!



Mailing Documents to Students

New students who require a hard copy of the SEVIS I-20 Form will receive the document via DHL to the address provided on the Certificate of Funding Form at no additional cost to the student.

Current students who request immediate shipment of their SEVIS Form I-20 must provide a pre-paid DHL Express Mail waybill via email to Jody O'Connor with as much advanced notice as possible. Most requests will be completed within 2-3 business days, and the arrival usually takes 3-5 business days.

If shipment is required due to CIIS error then CIIS shall pay for the extra shipment.

Please visit the DHL website at