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 based on the quarter you will begin your program.

Autumn Quarter New Students: Submit copies of your immigration documents to the FIUTS Orientation Greeting Tables, September 14 - 18, 2015. This includes transfer students inside the U.S. 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. All required copies must be submitted at the same time.

Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarter New Students: Submit copies of your immigration documents to the ISS front desk by the end of the first week of your first quarter. 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 initial address is temporary – hotel, homestay, etc. – input that address into MyUW, and update your address later 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.

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, email your new permanent address to uwiss@uw.edu and include your name and student ID number.

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.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or Resources page for more information.