OISS continues to provide services online. For more information, visit the OISS Coronavirus FAQ page.
All new students are required to attend their respective orientation program, as well as complete their Immigration Check-in at OISS within 15 days of arrival in the U.S. Make your travel plans accordingly.
Please note that failure to attend both the international orientation and an immigration check-in with OISS will result in a hold being placed on your student record and may affect your immigration status.
All new international students starting their program in the Fall 2020 must complete the mandatory immigration check-in and attend their respective orientation program. Upon completing all 4 required steps, you will be in compliance and ready to begin your program at Rice University.
(Please note that graduate students with a summer start date must complete Steps 1 - 3 within 15 days of their arrival and may not wait until August to complete these requirements.)
STEP 1: Document Check-in
While OISS is working remotely due to COVID-19, only the E-check-in Option is available.
Upload the required copies of your immigration documents to your OISS Portal account. MUST be completed prior to moving on to step 2, Advisor Check-In.
Bring originals and copies (OISS can assist you to make copies if needed) of your required immigration documents to OISS and complete the Check-in Form in person.
Required documents for either option include:
STEP 2: Advisor Session
Meet with an OISS advisor to complete your check-in process. The advisor will discuss the details of your immigration responsibilities, as well as walk you through the additional items to get you ready to begin your program. Please allow 1 hour – 1.5 hours to complete the check-in. While OISS is working remotely due to COVID-19, the advisor sessions will take place via Zoom.
Special note to MBA students: MBA students will have a combined Advisor Session and International Student Orientation. Check Step 4 for more information.
STEP 3: ESTHER Address Update
All students are required to update their address in the Mailing Address field in their ESTHER account with their local address where they reside. Please follow the formatting guidelines, so that your address is properly accepted by SEVIS.
STEP 4: International Student Orientation
During the mandatory international student orientation, students will review immigration regulations and programs geared specifically to support the international population.
MBA Check-in & International Orientation will take place virtually on August 6, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please complete your Document Check-in requirement (Step 1) as the E-check-in option in advance.
For information on Undergraduate International Orientation (UIO), please see https://oiss.rice.edu/uio.
For information on Graduate International Orientation (GIO), please see https://oiss.rice.edu/gio.