Orientation & Check-In

International Student Orientation
Immigration Check-In
Updating your U.S. Address in CAESAR

International Student Orientation

Get ready to meet other international students, learn how to maintain your international student status (F-1 and J-1), complete your required immigration check-in and have fun before your studies start at an International Office hosted International Student Orientation. Attendance is mandatory.

LLM/K and AJD - June 17, 2013 (Chicago Campus Rubloff 180 11:30am -12:30pm)
LLM and LEAF - July 19, 2013 (Chicago Campus)
International Summer Institute - July 30, 2013 (Evanston Campus Norris)
LLM, JD & Exchanges - August 26, 2013 (Chicago Campus)
Undergraduate International Student Orientation (ISO) - September 12 - 15, 2013
International Graduate Student Orientation - September 20, 2013

Immigration Check-In will be available at each of the above mentioned International Student Orientations. If you cannot make one of these sessions you must report to the International Office to complete immigration check-in.  

Immigration CHECK-IN

U.S. immigration regulation states all F-1 and J-1 visitors attending Northwestern must "check-in" at the IO within five days of your arrival on campus or at your predetermined check-in session.

A registration hold has been placed on all incoming international students. This registration hold prohibits a student from enrolling in classes until he/she has checked in the International Office.

Please bring the following original documents with you for Check-In: 

  • I-20 or DS-2019;
  • Biographical page of passport;
  • F-1 or J-1 visa stamp; and
  • I-94 card (copy of front and back).

In addition, all students are required to complete the International Student Check-In Form. Please print and complete this form before you come to the International Office for check-in.

International students are required to provide a U.S. address at the time of Check-In.


All international students are required by U.S. federal immigration regulation to maintain a permanent foreign and U.S. address.  At Northwestern, F-1 and J-1 students are required to maintain Current and Permanent Address types in CAESAR as these addresses are automatically reported from CAESAR to SEVIS. Please note that your Permanent Address must not be your US Address and you must keep a valid foreign address listed.

To access CAESAR to change or update your address: http://www.northwestern.edu/caesar/