New Student Check In

All new international students, including those admitted to the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus, are required to complete the Online Orientation associated with their respective starting semester. You are required to complete the Online Orientation and Check-In before you can register for classes for your first semester.

To complete the ISS Check-In process, you are not required to schedule a Check-In appointment through the online Check-In Registration System accessible after completing the Online Orientation, nor are you required to visit the College Station campus. You are permitted to complete a remote Check-In process at Texas A&M at Galveston.

If you are in the area before your New Student Conference (NSC) (http://www.tamug.edu/nsc/), it is highly recommended that you schedule your ISS Check-In appointment as soon as possible to ensure your ISS Check-In registration hold is removed prior to course registration during the second day of your NSC (for undergraduate students).

To complete the remote Check-In process:

  • Schedule a time to meet with Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson. Send her an email (dawsonk@tamug.edu) with your name and UIN.
  • December 2017 – February 2018: Dr. Dawson will be out of the office on maternity leave. Please contact Mr. Danny Roe to schedule your ISS Check-In at roed@tamug.edu
  • Bring all immigration documents you have to your Check-in appointment with Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson. For a list of documents that you should bring with you to your Check-In appointment, please visit the Check-In webpage where documents are listed under the "Registration Holds" tab or contact Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson.
  • During your remote Check-In, we will make scanned copies of your immigration documents and submit these documents to International Student Services (ISS) using a secure server.
  • Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson will submit copies of the completed documents and immigration paperwork to the ISS liaison in College Station.
  • Once the Check-In documents are received and reviewed by ISS at College Station, your registration hold will be removed by their office.

List of Common Immigration Documents needed during your ISS Check-In:

Please note: TAMUG ISS Liaisons do not have official government training. Therefore, we are unable to endorse or sign off on important documents. Nor do we at TAMUG have the official capacity to remove registration holds. This is completed by International Student Services (ISS) at College Station, TX. Therefore, it is imperative for you to work before deadlines to ensure proper time is allotted to process Check-In’s and documents.

F-1 students/F-2 dependents:

  • Passport
  • F-1 Visa (exception: Canadian citizens will not have a visa)
  • I-20 signed by student
  • I-94 – We will accept any of the following and can be accessed during the ISS check in appointment:
    • Most recent stamp in passport that shows they entered in ‘F-1’ status
    • A copy of the front & back of a paper I-94 card showing ‘F-1’ status
    • A copy of their electronic I-94 record, accessible at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home

J-1 students/J-2 dependents:

(If the student is a J-1 student, then unfortunately we are bound by Department of State guidelines that restrict us from any electronic sharing of student documents. As such, students will need to copy their documents and physically mail them to ISS (http://iss.tamu.edu/ISS-Information/Contact-Us). Once it has been mailed, inform Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson so I may inform ISS for them to remove the ISS Check-In registration hold while waiting for the documents to arrive via mail.)

  • Passport
  • J-1 Visa (exception: Canadian citizens will not have a visa)
  • DS-2019 signed by student
  • I-94 – We will accept any of the following:
    • Most recent stamp in passport that shows they entered in ‘J-1’ status
    • A copy of the front & back of a paper I-94 card showing ‘J-1’ status
    • A copy of their electronic I-94 record, accessible at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home


SB 1528 Affidavit

  • Completed Immigration Questionnaire
    • Found under “Important Forms” page
  • Any immigration documents (no SSN)
  • You will also need to submit your Senate Bill 1528 Affidavit to become a Permanent Resident to both TAMU Admissions and TAMU International Student Services (ISS). Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson can help you submit this document(s).
  • Note: Your status will not be “Permanent Resident” until TAMU Admissions and TAMU ISS has received a copy (front & back) of your Permanent Resident Card.
    • Additionally, you will still be required to take the TB Screening if your status is not a “U.S. Citizen” or “Permanent Resident”.

Permanent Resident

  • Copy (front & back) of Permanent Resident Card
    • If you are in the process of becoming a Permanent Resident:
      • Provide TAMU Admissions and TAMU ISS a copy of your I-797C and/or I-485 to remove your ISS Check-In hold.
      • Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson can help you submit this document(s).
  • Note: Your status will not be “Permanent Resident” until TAMU Admissions and TAMU ISS has received a copy (front & back) of your Permanent Resident Card.
    • Additionally, you will still be required to take the TB Screening if your status is not a “U.S. Citizen” or “Permanent Resident”.

Undocumented

  • Some of our students do not technically have legal status in the U.S. but as a public institution they are welcome to attend Texas A&M. For these students, at minimum we need a copy of some form of current photo identification. If the student has received work authorization form the U.S. government (i.e. DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), we would like to receive a copy of their Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Any other visa category

We have students in a variety of visa categories and the documents they have will vary. We ask that you provide a copy of your passport and any other immigration documents you may have. Once International Student Services (ISS) views what you have, ISS can indicate if anything else will be needed.