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Who needs to check in at the ISSO?

All international students, both new and returning, are required to complete the ISSO check-in at the start of each Fall and Spring semester.  

Even if you have not traveled outside the U.S. recently, you still need to complete check-in.  ISSO needs to verify your address and contact information so that we may remove your ISSO registration hold.

When do I Check In?

Look for an email from the ISSO each semester for how and when to check in!

When saving my doc file(s), what file formats are acceptable?

Currently only files in a .pdf format will be accepted.

All other file formats will not be accepted.

For quality control purposes, photos taken of your visa documents will not be accepted.

Save these files and store them in a secure location, such as on your personal computer or on your personal usb device.  Do not save your files on a public computer.

What is the ISO Registration Hold on my Sage Account?

To insure that ALL students complete the process in time for the reporting deadline, ISSO places a reminder in the form of an ISSO registration hold on your SAGE record. 

These registration holds will be placed on your account and will not interfere with adding or dropping classes until the day before the first day of classes. 

After this day, if you have not already completed your ISSO check-in and attempt to add/drop any courses, you will have a note in SAGE requiring you to complete your check-in.

When will my ISO Registration Hold be removed from my Sage account?

Upon submitting the online Check-In form and submitting all required visa documents, the ISO registration hold will be removed from the student's Sage account by the end of the following business day.  

Please give yourself enough time to complete ISSO Check-In and plan accordingly.

NOTE: The ISSO is not able to temporarily remove registration holds for students arriving late or for students who forget to check-in at the start of the semester.

I am arriving after the first day of classes, how do I check in?

We realize that not everyone is able to return to campus prior to the start of the semester.  However, we are unable to remove the hold prior to your return to the United States and to Brandeis. 

Please complete your online check-in as soon as you have returned to the U.S.

I am abroad for the semester, do I need to complete ISSO Check-In?

Yes.  Students who are studying abroad, PhD candidates conducting research or SID 2nd Year Project participants who are outside of the U.S. OR in another state should fill out and submit the online ISSO Check-In Form. 

When filling out the online form, in the visa document section there is an option for "I Am Abroad or Conducting Research Off Campus This Semester".  

Then continue filling out the rest of the form and submit. Students studying abroad or conducting research outside of the U.S. DO NOT need to scan and upload visa documents to the check-in form.