International Check-in and Orientation

International Student Check-In and Orientation

INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION: Mandatory for NEW, TRANSFER, CHANGE-of-STATUS and REINSTATEMENT students (see below for details)

INTERNATIONAL CHECK-IN: Mandatory for NEW, CHANGE-of-STATUS, TRAVEL REINSTATEMENT students (see below for details)                  

*Transfer Students do not need to go through the check-in process.

New International Student Check-In

Check-In for New Arrivals, Change-of-Status Approved and Travel Reinstatement Students

All F-1 new arrivals, travel reinstatement students, and students with change-of-status approval to F1/F2 must  immediately contact the Office of International Services & Programs (ISP) for the mandatory Virtual New Student Check-in. 

Click on the List of Check-in Documents  to view the set of documents

Prepare copies of the following documents in .PDF format and email them to oiss.international@hccs.edu and your assigned DSO. Include your HCC ID and "Check-in" in the subject matter of the email.

F-1 New arrival & Travel Reinstatement

  1. Completed International Student Check-In Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20* 
  3. Passport (photo page) 
  4. Visa page
  5. I-94 - you can print your Most Recent I-94 at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov.  If you receive an error that your I-94 was "Not Found", follow the directions in this document to request a correction to your I-94 record: I-94 Correction Instructions
  6. Receipt of online payment for the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in . For more information, see International Payment Tutorial
  7. Receipt of SEVIS fee I-901. You can retrieve the receipt from http://www.fmjfee.com/. ( for travel  reinstatement only)

 

 Change-of-Status Approved

  1. Completed International Student Check-In Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20* 
  3. Copy of the COS Approval Notice  I-797A (front and back)*
  4. Receipt of online payment for the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in . For more information, see 

*Provide this document for all dependents (spouse/ children) on F-2 visa

Your DSO will review all documents and will guide you through your  Next Steps at HCC. 

Click here to follow the New Arriving F-1 Student Steps

 

Mandatory International Student Orientation

Fall 2022

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Change-of-Status, Transfer and Reinstatement international F-1 students. 

The International Orientation is scheduled for  August 11 and August 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time. Students will receive individual invitations sent to their primary email accounts. Orientation on August 11 will be virtual via Webex; Orientation on August 12 will be in-person. Your attendace is mandatory for both days.

If you do not attend both Orienation days, a hold will be put on your student account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes.

Topics to be covered

  • Meeting and Making New Friends during COVID-19
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Academic requirements
  • Maintaining Your F-1 Status
  • College Transfer Opportunity
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Safety and Security
  • Obtaining your Driver's License
  • Using public transportation
  • Campus and Student Life
  • Virtual Campus Tour

 

Online Day: August 11, 2022In-Person Day: August 12, 2022 
Time: 9 am - 1 pm Time  8 am- 1 pm

Registration Link: 

https://hccs.webex.com/hccs/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4b4e72212ab27bf43b8373562a6e8033

Registration Link:

https://forms.gle/YcVEYUwAyhGNeh47A

 

Registration Process for the Virtual Orientation on August 11, 2022 

Orientation on August 11 will be conducted via Webex . You will receive an invitation sent to your primary email to complete the registration form that will be part of the invitation. You may need to download and set up the Webex application before the orientation day.

You only need to add your Last and First Names, valid email address and HCC ID number on the left side and submit the registration. No password is required.

Once you register, you will receive a second email confirming your registration. 15 minutes prior to the event (not earlier), you will be able to join the session.

Check your primary email in HCC Student account, to ensure you receive all communications from our office. 

In-Person International Orientation on August 12, 2022

 Please arrive on campus at 8 am to be able to park and be on time. Have your QR code ready!

ADDRESSPARKING
HCC Central Campus Student Lot 3   San Jacinto Street and Holman Street
1300 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004 Student Lot 9   Crawford Street and Holman Street
Auditorium Student Lot 13   San Jacinto Street and Alabama Street