SPRING 2021 ORIENTATION AND IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN – VIRTUAL
Orientation and immigration check-in is required for all international students. All new students will be registered for International Orientation and Check-in as a BlackBoard course, which can be accessed via MyBama.
The mandatory International Orientation and Check-in is required for students to activate their F-1 or J-1 status.
When completing Orientation in BlackBoard, you must upload clear document scans of the following:
- Contact Information Sheet;
- Acknowledgement of Responsibility Form;
- Your passport main information page;
- Your F-1 I-20 (pages 1 and 2 only) or J-1 DS-2019 (page 1 only);
- I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (note: only accessible after arrival to the U.S.); and
- Any other immigration documents you have.
- If you have a spouse or children with you, please also scan their documents for check-in.
After you have completed the International Orientation and Check-in in Blackboard and submitted the above documents, ISSS will process the validation of your immigration record with Homeland Security’s Student Exchange Visitor Program and also be able to process any requested verifications for I-9 processing, Alabama Credit Union accounts, Driver’s Licenses, and Social Security Number applications.
All new and transfer undergraduate international students must register and attend the Bama Bound Orientation.
GRADUATE ORIENTATION AND WELCOME (GROW) – ONLINE
GROW is mandatory for all new International Graduate Students and will be administered virtually.
GROW is designed to prepare incoming graduate students with the necessary information to make their time at UA a success. In addition, it serves to supplement your departmental orientation experience and give you a well-rounded view of the UA experience through the graduate student lens.
WORKSHOP FOR NEW GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS – ONLINE
Held in the Fall Semester only. This workshop is required for all new Graduate Teaching Assistants. New GTAs should contact the Graduate School about participation in the August 2020 Workshop.
NOTE: Spring 2021 Classes start on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.