International Student Check-In and Orientation

INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION: Mandatory for NEW, TRANSFER, and CHANGE-of-STATUS 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 Schedule

Fall 2016 Check-In Schedule

When you enter the United States, you will need to report to the Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA) for the mandatory New Student Check-in. Please see the schedule below for the available dates and times.  It is important that you attend on one of the designated days.

The Fall 2016 check-in period runs from July 18, 2016 through August 4, 2016. There are multiple days scheduled for the new student check-in; please come to only one. Please do not wait until the last day! Classes fill up quickly. You must report to our office no later than August 4, 2016.

NOTICE:  THERE ARE TWO LOCATIONS FOR CHECK-IN.

LOCATIONS:

Dates: July 18-22

HCC West Loop Campus, Auditorium
5601 West Loop South
Houston TX 77081

Parking: Parking is available in the Main Student Lot (DO NOT PARK in areas that are marked for FACULTY/STAFF)

Dates: July 25, 27, 29; August 1, 3, 4

Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA)
3100 Main St. (1st Floor of the Parking Garage)
Houston TX 77002

Parking: Parking is available in the Rosalie Lot (corner of Travis St. and Rosalie St., behind the HCC Administration Building). Visitors may also park on the 2nd and 7th Floors of the Parking Garage in spots marked "Visitors" for up to 2 hours.

OISS&SA does NOT MAKE COPIES

WHAT TO BRING:

When reporting for check-in, please bring COPIES the following:

  1. Completed student International Student Check-In Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20 (original and a copy)
  3. Passport photo page and Visa
  4. I-94   - you can print your I-94  at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/consent.html
  5. Receipt of online payment or check or money order for the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in or in person at any campus cashier’s office. You may also bring a check or money order with you to the OISS&SA check-in.

Again, OISS&SA does NOT MAKE COPIES
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE COPIES OF YOUR DOCUMENTS, WE WILL SEND YOU TO GET THEM AND COME BACK

Fall 2016 Check-in Schedule

DatesTimeLocation
July 18 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. W. Loop Campus (5601 West Loop S.)
July 19 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. W. Loop Campus (5601 West Loop S.)
July 20 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. W. Loop Campus (5601 West Loop S.)
July 21 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. W. Loop Campus (5601 West Loop S.)
July 22 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. W. Loop Campus (5601 West Loop S.)
July 25 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISS&SA (3100 Main St.)
July 27 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISS&SA (3100 Main St.)
July 29 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISS&SA (3100 Main St.)
August 1 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISS&SA (3100 Main St.)
August 3 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISS&SA (3100 Main St.)
August 4 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISS&SA (3100 Main St.)

Please Note: If you are Transfer student, you do not need to check in, however you must attend the Mandatory New Student Orientation.

Mandatory International Student Orientation

Spring 2017 Orientation (New and Change-of-Status Students)

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Transfer and Change-of-Status international students for the Spring 2017 semester. You are required to attend the entire orientation.

If you do not attend the entire orientation, a hold will be put on your student account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes!

Topics to be covered:

  • Maintaining your F-1 Visa Status
  • Obtaining your Driver’s License
  • Employment
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Safety and Security
  • Immigration Laws
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Tax Information
  • Social Security
  • Academic Requirements
  • Questions and Answers

Date & Time: 

January 6, 2017
Time: TBA

*Students MUST be on time.
*You are expected to treat orientation as if it is a class.

Location: 
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010

Other Considerations:

  • No Children please. If you cannot find someone to watch your children during the orientation time, please contact Ronnie Turner at ronnie.turner@hccs.edu to discuss alternative options.
  • Attendance is mandatory. Please contact Ronnie Turner at ronnie.turner@hccs.edu or 713-718-8454 for any questions.

Spring 2017 Orientation (Transfer Students)

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Transfer and Change-of-Status international students for the Spring 2017 semester. You are required to attend the entire orientation.

If you do not attend the entire orientation, a hold will be put on your student account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes!

Topics to be covered:

  • Maintaining your F-1 Visa Status
  • Obtaining your Driver’s License
  • Employment
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Safety and Security
  • Immigration Laws
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Tax Information
  • Social Security
  • Academic Requirements
  • Questions and Answers

Date & Time: 

January 6, 2017
Time: TBA

*Students MUST be on time.
*You are expected to treat orientation as if it is a class.

Location: 
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010

Other Considerations:

  • No Children please. If you cannot find someone to watch your children during the orientation time, please contact Ronnie Turner at ronnie.turner@hccs.edu to discuss alternative options.
  • Attendance is mandatory. Please contact Ronnie Turner at ronnie.turner@hccs.edu or 713-718-8454 for any questions.