WELCOME! Please read all of the information on this page before you click on the link to start your online check in process!
All students seeking entry in F1 status must carefully review the F1 Travel page for important information. Additionally, all travelers must keep informed about COVID-19 related travel guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State and th Transportation Security Administration. Please check with the airlines prior to any scheduled flight to ensure you have the most up-to-date information for purposes of traveling and any applicable safety precautions.
F-1 students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on their I-20. When you, as an F1 student, arrive at the University of Florida to start your academic program, the first thing you must do is complete the Online Check-in process. The link to do the Online Check-in process will be sent to you by email. When you complete and submit the online check-in, UFIC will mark your New International Student Check-In record as Processed. You will receive a message when this step is completed.
New F-1 students must complete all check in requirements within 30 days of the program start date.
Transfer-in F-1 students must complete all check in requirements within 15 days of the program start date on their I-20.
There will NOT be an in-person check-in for Summer and Fall 2021. Check-in will be online only.
During Summer, our office is open for document pick up only, Monday-Friday, 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm. UF Campus and our office will be closed December 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022. We will reopen on January 4, 2022.
The new/transfer-in student check-in procedure is a three-step process to be completed AFTER you arrive in the US.
Check-In Step 1: To return to your online check-in record, go to https://isss.internationalcenter.ufl.edu and click the LOGIN button. You will need to upload a copy or screenshot of your UF I-20, form I-901 SEVIS fee receipt, passport, visa, Port of Entry stamp, your most recent entry I-94 and travel history showing your current entry. Complete all required steps and click on the button at the top of the page that says SUBMIT APPLICATION.
Check-In Step 2: After you have completed the Online check-in, UFIC will review your documents for proof of current entry, and will mark your New International Student Check-In record as Processed. You will receive a message when this step is completed.
Check-In Step 3: U.S. & Emergency Address Update - All international students must report their United States local home physical address (no P.O. Boxes) to the University of Florida as it is required that we have the correct home address for our students at all times. If you have not arranged housing yet, please enter address where you will be staying tonight, then you can update within 10 days of your move in, at your one.UF account. The link for these addresses will be in your on-line check in.
International students will always see the "No Drop Activity - Add Allowed (Term Year) Restrict Dropping of Courses" hold on your account. This hold is specific to each semester and only takes effect after the drop-add deadline for that term and cannot be cleared. It is there to prevent you, as an international student, from falling out of status by going below the required number of credits; it does not affect adding classes.
Frequently, students have the immunization hold. To clear this hold, you will have to submit immunization documentation to the Health Compliance Office of the Student Health Care Center/Infirmary. If you have submitted your documentation, but this hold remains on your record, you will need to contact the Health Compliance Office, and follow their directions, to have it removed.
Every semester additional holds, such as the emergency contact hold, are placed on student accounts by other UF offices; these must be cleared before you can have access to your course registration.
Students must follow these instructions to clear any hold:
- Go to https://one.uf.edu/- > My account > Update my directory profile
- Click on the heading “My Record” under My Online Services
- Click on “Holds”
- Follow the directions to clear the holds. Remember the No Drop Allowed hold cannot be cleared. You will find more information on our website if you need to drop a course.
- Log out completely, close your browser, and then log back in to verify that the holds were successfully removed.
Additional Information re. Frequently Asked Questions
Students need to set up their GatorLink e-mail account. The Computer Help Desk, in the HUB, next to UFIC South, provides assistance to students needing help with the account setup. All important communication from the university will be sent to the student's Gatorlink e-mail account (@ufl.edu). They can also help with WiFi connection.
UFIC usually has free SIM cards for your phone available for your use, with plans for international calling and texting, starting at $25 per month. Check the Information Table outside the UFIC front door for these cards, maps, and much other information to help with your time at UF.
To obtain the University of Florida Identification Card/UFID card/Gator1Card please go to https://businessservices.ufl.edu/services/gator-1-card/. This is a new online only process. An online application, to be filled on a computer and not phone compatible, is required first; followed by zoom interview, then the card can be picked up or mailed.
Students with an Assistantship/Fellowship, OR on-campus employment after your completed check-in, who will need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) at the Social Security Administration Office, please read our *website* for instructions. The application process will require the student's immigration documents (passport, visa, I-94 record, Continued Attendance I-20), the Department offer letter, the UFIC authorization letter, Social Security application form, available on their website https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp, and the SSN questionnaire found on our *website* . The Continued Attendance I-20 and the UFIC letter will be provided with the copies of your documents when Debra Anderson emails you that your packet is ready for pick up and your appointment has been set.
It would be good to check in with your Department. Most hold an orientation before classes start.
For graduate student orientation, visit http://www.graduateschool.ufl.edu/admissions/orientation/ for information.
Be aware of important University dates and deadlines: https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/f-1-student/new-f-1-students/importa...
If you receive funding from your home government and need to have your tuition/fees billed to your home government, you MUST take a copy of the billing authorization to Sara Williams in the University Bursars Office, 113 Criser Hall, in order for this to be processed.
Present your transcripts/graduation credentials to the Admissions office in Criser Hall. Visit https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/international/ for more information.
The Continued Attendance I-20 will be emailed to you within 30 days after Drop/Add deadline. This I-20 is indication that you have checked in, completed your address updates, are registered full time, and indicates that your SEVIS record is active; it will not be issued until you have completed all of the above. Only students who have an assistantship or fellowship, on-campus job or who are a SEVIS transfer student may request the Continued Attendance I-20 prior to the 30 days. All other students must wait the 30 days processing time, including those who wish to apply for a Driver’s License or State ID. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP ALL I-20’S ISSUED TO YOU.
You are NOT able to apply for a Driver’s License or State ID, or complete the car buying process until you have been issued a Continued Attendance I-20. It will be provided by email AFTER we verify check-in, local home address updates and full time registration of ALL International Students. The verification process starts AFTER the Drop/Add deadline and may take up to 30 days. You will receive an email at your UF GatorLink account when the Continued Attendance I-20 is ready. www.gathergoget.com
You are NOT eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN) unless you receive an assistantship, fellowship or on-campus employment. Please click here for instructions.
Students who are maintaining status may work part-time on campus while classes are in session. "Part-time” means 20 hours or less per work week. The work week at UF is Friday through Thursday. Refer to this link- https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/f-1-student/f-1-status-requirements/...
You will need to purchase Health Insurance. Please go our website for the plans that are eligible for F1 students and dependents. https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/f-1-student/f-1-status-requirements/health-insurance-f-1-students
Bus routes and schedules can be found at RTS.com. Please keep in mind the buses often do not follow normal schedules between semesters.
If you need to print something, you can use any computer printing station on campus, such as in the Library and the Reitz Union, with your UFID card. If you do not have your card yet, you may still be able to use the on campus computer printing stations with your GatorLink email account.
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