Mandatory Immigration Orientation for F1/J1 Students

Event Date: September 01, 2011 - 12 p.m.
Event Type: Student Event
Location: Campus Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Section C

Immigration Orientation for International Students

Thursday, September 1, 2011
10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Campus Center, Ballroom C, 3rd Floor

All new undergraduate and graduate international students must attend this informative event. You will meet other international students, hear from UMass Boston faculty and staff, have the opportunity to participate in interesting discussions on culture and life in America and meet with Bank of America and AT&T representatives as well as other vendors.

We will discuss the latest and most important immigration regulations and how they affect you. You will learn how to maintain your immigration status while studying at UMass Boston. You will also have the opportunity to meet the staff of the International Student Services/Exchange office, and learn how to access our services. 

You must bring the following documents with you; the original and one copy each of the following:

  • UMass Boston I-20 for F-1 visa students or DS 2019 for J-1 visa students
  • Previous school’s I-20 or DS-2019s (if applicable)
  • Passport (copy the page with passport number, photo, and expiration date)
  • Visa (copy the visa page from passport)
  • Form I-94 arrival/departure record (small white piece of paper stapled into your passport at the port of entry.) Please copy BOTH sides of the I-94.

Note on course selection and advising: 
As you learn about degree requirements and course selection, remember that all international students on F-1 and J-1 status are required to register for and complete a full course of study: 12 credits for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduate students. Your academic advisor will help you develop a schedule which will allow you to succeed. Be sure that your academic advisor knows that you are an international student. Graduate students: your program/academic department will likely hold an orientation as well.

For undergraduate students, the Mandatory Immigration Orientation is in addition to the Beacon Beginnings New Student Orientation program. Register for the Beacon Beginnings program at

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.