International Center

International Students Check-in

An institution approved to issue I-20 or DS-2019 by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the U.S. Department of State is required to maintain specific documents and information on all F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents. To comply with the record-keeping requirement, Illinois Institute of Technology’s International Center requires all incoming new F-1 and J-1 students to visit the office to check-in within two business days of their arrival to Chicago.

If you are an incoming new F-1 or J-1 student, a registration hold has been placed on your student account and will remain in effect until you check-in with the International Center. This hold will prevent you from enrolling in courses or obtaining a student ID card. This check-in is separate from both the SOAR (orientation) and housing check-ins. 

New International Student Check-In—Fall 2021

All new international students who are arriving for the spring 2021 semester can complete their check-in online using the following Spring 2021 Check-In Form.

Required Documents for New Student Check-In

  • Passport 
  • Visa stamp in the passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019*
  • EAD card, if applicable
  • Local address in the U.S. 
  • Local telephone number in the U.S. 

*If you transferred from another U.S. institution, the International Center will also need to copy your previous school’s I-20/ DS-2019 form.

Once you have submitted the check-in form, please access your MyIIT portal and update your contact information and designate an emergency contact. You can update this information in your MyIIT portal in the academic tab under “Banner Self Service.”

After you have completed the check-in form and updated your contact information, as listed above, please refer to the New International Student Checklist for a list of the next steps.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the International Center at