Follow this post-arrival checklist for new students to make sure you complete all required steps related to your F-1 or J-1 status.
Submit Photocopies of Your Immigration Documents
F-1 and J-1 visa regulations require you to report to campus after you arrive in Seattle. To meet this requirement, follow the instructions below.
Winter Quarter 2016 New Students
Submit copies of your immigration documents:
Where: International Student Services (ISS) Office, Schmitz Hall 459
When: December 7, 2015 -- January 8, 2016
Time: 10 am -- 4 pm
How: Bring photocopies of the required documents (see below).
You must make the copies in advance. FIUTS and ISS cannot make photocopies or print out scans of your documents. There are commercial copy centers on University Way, near Schmitz Hall, and "scan to print" facilities are available at campus libraries.
Documents You Must Photocopy
Update Your Local Address on Your MyUW
You are required to update your local address on MyUW within ten days of arriving in Seattle or changing addresses. If your first address is temporary – hotel, homestay, etc. – input that address into MyUW, and update your address again after you move into longer-term housing. You can always update your local address, phone number, and alternate email address on your MyUW by yourself.
On-campus residents: If you live in a UW residence hall, follow the required format in MyUW.
Off-campus residents: If you live off campus, input your address in this format:
Street address (building or house number, followed by street name); Apartment/suite number (if applicable)
City, state, zip code
123 45th Street NE #1
Seattle, WA 98000
Immigration will automatically be notified.
Note about the local address: Do not use the ISS mailing address for any personal correspondence or to open any accounts. We cannot store/process your personal mail in ISS.
Your permanent address listing in MyUW must remain a foreign, non-U.S. address. To update your permanent address information, visit our permanent address change instructions.
Attend International Student Orientation
The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) conducts an orientation for all new international students at the beginning of each quarter. Check the FIUTS website for orientation dates and schedules, as well as advice on housing, transportation to campus, host families, and much more.
The orientation is designed to acquaint international exchange, graduate, and undergraduate students with the University of Washington campus resources, American customs and lifestyles, visa and immigration issues, the Seattle area, and other UW students. Plan to attend!
Sign Up for Health Insurance
All international students must maintain adequate health insurance while attending the University of Washington and are required to purchase the International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) designed for UW international students and their dependents. You must sign up for the International Student Health Insurance Plan before you can register for classes.
- Review the ISS health insurance information, including the specific J-1 health insurance requirements.
- Complete the J-1 Insurance Requirement Statement of Compliance form. Submit the form along with your other J-1 immigration documents.
- If you are eligible to waive the UW ISHIP coverage AND you have comparable insurance that meets the minimum requirements, submit your waiver request by the insurance waiver deadline (third Friday of the quarter).