Office of International Services

Student and Scholar Check-In

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is my default password for my Unity Id?

Please look at the Unity ID FAQs


How can I update my address in MyPack Portal once I've confirmed where I will live?

Click here to see instructions on updating your SEVIS Local Address


How do I log in to MyPack Portal?

Click here to see instructions on how to log into MyPack Portal.


How can I learn more about MyPack Portal?

MyPack Portal Tutorials




STUDENT CHECK-IN

What documents do I need to bring to new student check-in?

Bring your I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 card*, passport, and US local address. If you have a dependent(s), bring his/her documents as well.


Do I need to schedule an appointment for new student check-in?

Yes, you must schedule a check-in with OIS. Click here to see how.


Can I bring my spouse to new student check-in?

Yes, your spouse is welcome to join you.  We have material for spouses including English language and volunteer opportunities.


Do I have to check-in? 

Yes, it is a mandatory that you physically check-in with OIS if you are in F-1 or J-1 status. Those in another immigration status should also check in. Please bring your immigration documents (see above) as well as your address and contact information..


When is the latest I can check-in?

You MUST check-in by the start of classes or as soon as you arrive at NC State, which ever occurs earlier.  Not checking-in with OIS could result in a violation of your status.


How can I learn more about preparing to come to NC State (i.e., what to expect at the airport, course registration, paying tuition, packing, weather, transportation, etc.)?

The best way to get this information is from the Orientation section on our website, but you can also email a small group leader (every new international applicant who is admitted gets assigned a volunteer small group leader – contact OIS if you are not sure who your small group leader is). Most of these topics are also covered at New Student Orientation and/or at the Information Fair in the afternoon. You can also ask the volunteers during Check-in, an OIS staff member during an appointment or scheduled walk-in time, or contact someone from your culture’s international student association.


*Please plan to bring your I-94 card with you when you check-in with our office. If you do not receive an I-94 card from the port of entry officer, please visit the I-94 Request page, and if you have any questions about your I-94 card, please visit I-94 Request page, and click the FAQ tab. Also, if you are planning to bring dependents, please bring their documents to OIS when you check-in as well.

 

J-1 SCHOLAR CHECK-IN

What documents do I need to bring to new scholar check-in?

 Bring your DS-2019, I-94 card*, passport, NC State department invitation letter, your local physical address and contact information. If you have a spouse and/or children, bring their documents as well.


Do I need to schedule an appointment for new scholar check-in?

Your departmental representative should have scheduled a check-in appointment before your arrival or immediately upon arrival.  He/she can contact our office at (919) 515-2961.


Is it mandatory that I check-in? 

Yes, it is required that you physically check-in with the International office. During the check-in process you be given some important and required paperwork to complete and attend a presentation given by an OIS adviser.


When is the latest I can check-in?

You MUST check-in within 30 days of the start date listed on your DS-2019.


Where can I learn about resources for my family (i.e. English language, enrolling my children in public school, etc.)?

During your check-in appointment, an adviser can review several English language courses available to you and your family and other important information to assist your family in adjusting to life in Raleigh.  There is already pre-arrival information on the OIS website: called “Getting Settled”. There are also many programs in which you and your family can meet American families in the Raleigh area, improve your English, volunteer, and share with others about your country and culture.  Do not forget to ask your OIS adviser about these wonderful programs! 


Can I bring my spouse to the scholar check-in?

Yes, you are encouraged to bring your spouse so he/she can learn about various on and off campus resources available to him/her. If your spouse arrives later and would like to attend a spouse check-in, please call OIS to schedule an appointment. Whether or not your spouse attends a check-in, please remember to bring a copy of your spouse's and/or children's immigration documents to OIS.


Can my spouse apply for an on-campus ID card?

Yes, your spouse is eligible for an on-campus ID card. You and your spouse can request a spouse ID card application at OIS to be taken to the West Dunn Building. Please note that only spouses whose scholar is paid by NC State are eligible to use the card for lending at the NC State library. There is a $20 fee for the campus ID card.

 

*Please plan to bring your I-94 card with you when you check-in with our office. If you do not receive an I-94 card from the port of entry officer, please visit the I-94 Request page, and if you have any questions about your I-94 card, please visit I-94 Request page, and click the FAQ tab. Also, if you are planning to bring dependents, please bring their documents to OIS when you check-in as well.

 

ORIENTATION

What kind of information can I expect at New International Student Orientation?

At the required New International Student Orientation, OIS advisers will discuss your employment eligibility on and off campus, Social Security, Health Insurance, Legal Issues, Obtaining Drivers Licenses in NC, Taxes, English Language Programs, etc.  You will also meet other new international students and current NC State volunteers who will be available all day to answer your questions. There are so many orientations scheduled for new students.  How do I know which one to attend?  Contact the coordinator of each orientation to confirm if they are mandatory and require pre-registration.  It is a good idea to attend all orientations listed in your admission material.  The OIS orientation is required for all new international students and does not require pre-registration.


Do I need to register for New International Student Orientation?

No, you do not need to register.  However, if you are unable to attend (e.g. your flight arrives after the schedule orientation), please contact OIS and your small group leader listed in your pre-arrival packet. If you will not be coming to NC State at all, please inform OIS immediately.


Do I need to bring anything to New International Student Orientation?

No, you do not need to bring anything to Orientation.  However, since so much information will be distributed and discussed, bringing a pen/pencil might be a good idea.


Can my spouse attend New International Student Orientation with me?

Yes, your spouse is encouraged to attend Orientation with you to learn more about the university and opportunities offered specifically for spouses (English language, volunteering, on-campus resources, etc.)


If I arrive late and am unable to attend Orientation, what should I do?

Contact OIS because there may be a make-up Orientation scheduled at a later date.  Information about a make-up Orientation will be posted on the OIS website.


Do I have to pay the Orientation fee, even if I do not use all the services?

Yes, all new international students are charged the Orientation fee along with their other student fees regardless of services used.  We encourage all new international students to take advantage of such services (Orientation, Airport Pickup, Welcome Party) to enrich your knowledge and experience at NC State.


How do I pay the Orientation fee?

You will pay the Orientation fee along with your other student fees processed through the Cashier’s Office (http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/cashier/). 


What housing opportunities are available to me?

Contact the University Housing office housing ( http://www.ncsu.edu/housing/index.php) to learn more about on-campus housing.  Off-campus housing information can be searched via the internet, local newspapers, and student fliers on campus. 


Does OIS arrange airport pickup?

Yes, OIS or a volunteer can pick you up from the airport if you request this service in time.   Please fill out the online Airport Pick Up Request


Do you need volunteers to assist with New International Student Orientation?

Yes!!  If you like to assist future international students, OIS would love your assistance as small group leaders, check-in volunteers, and to assist with various other needs!  Commitment levels can be one-time opportunities or an ongoing position during the academic semester, depending on your time and interest.  Contact the Programs Coordinator to discuss the various opportunities:  515-2961, ois@ncsu.edu.