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Pre-Arrival Checklist

Please follow the below checklist once you have received your visa document

  • Confirm your admission: pay the enrollment deposit through the Admissions Portal to access your UMass Lowell Email.
  • Review your visa document for accuracy
  • Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee
  • Secure your visa appointment & prepare by reviewing the Study in the States Guide. After you receive your visa, review it to ensure there are no errors.
  • Be sure to submit your immunization records to Health Services as soon as possible. Please see Health Services, Health Requirements, and Forms. This information should be submitted through the Patient Portal at your earliest convenience. Failure to complete these requirements may result in a hold on your SiS account preventing you from maintaining your student status.
  • Read through the Pre-Arrival and Arrival Guides hosted on the Pre-Arrival Page.
  • Register for the New International Student Orientation
  • Reserve FREE Airport Transportation – August 5-September 3
    • Airport Pick-up Form & Information
      This service is free of charge to you but you will need to follow the appropriate directions. You will not be picked up from the airport unless you have received a confirmation from Axis Coach. Please refer to our Pre-Arrival Guide for further information.
  • Secure housing accommodations:
    • On-campus housing: secure you housing with Residence Life
    • emptyOff-campus housing: finding an apartment can take time. You will need to arrange temporary accommodations PRIOR to your arrival if you arrive with no permanent housing. Neither UMass Lowell nor ISSO provide temporary housing.
  • Register for classes
  • Arrive to the US no earlier than 30 days prior* to the program start date on your visa document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) but no later than August 29.
  • Review our Financial Resources section of the ISSO website for information on the estimated cost of attending UMass Lowell, scholarship information, money management tips, and more!

Upon arrival to the US:

Be sure to bring the following documentation with you:

  • Passport with F-1 or J-1 Visa *Students from Canada will not have a visa in their passport.
  • Form I-20/DS-2019
  • Financial funding information

All students must be in the US to attend orientation BY August 28.

Some students may wish to arrive to the US sooner than August 28. When choosing an arrival date, consider the following:

  • Do you have children that need to be set up in local public schools?
  • Will you be apartment searching?
  • What other logistical items are you hoping to get settled prior to he start of the semester?

Students should also consider the orientation dates listed above.