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When You Arrive

Arrival Checklist

Now that you have your visa and planned your trip, all international students at NYU must make sure to take care of all these things once you arrive. We hope you have a fantastic start at NYU!

Required Tasks

STEP 1

Complete Your Immigration Requirements

1a. Complete the Arrival Form and Submit Your Immigration Information to OGS Online

The US government requires all international students in F-1 and J-1 status to report their arrival to their schools. You officially report your arrival to NYU through the OGS arrival form. You won’t be able to complete the OGS arrival form until after your arrival to the US. You could scan your documents for free at NYU ITS locations. You will need to have copies (PDF or JPG) of these documents available to complete the form:

  • Passport
  • F-1 or J-1 visa (except for citizens of Canada and Bermuda)
  • I-94 record
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Your dependent's documents (if you have a spouse or children here with you as F-2 or J-2 dependents)
1b. Add Your US Address to Albert, Accessible Through NYU Albert

Update your US address in Albert (Stern graduate students use ais.stern.nyu.edu). For detailed instructions, go to the Update Your Local US Address page. If you fail to update your US address, you are at risk of losing your lawful status in the US. Even if you are staying in a hotel, enter that address, then update your address again once you move to your new apartment or residence hall.

1c. Add Your US Phone Number to Albert, Accessible Through NYU Albert

Update your US phone number in Albert (Stern graduate students use ais.stern.nyu.edu). For detailed instructions, go to the Update Your US Phone Number page. All international students are required to update their US phone number.

STEP 2

Attend International Student Orientation

Learn the basics of keeping legal in the US as an F-1 or J-1 international student, employment in the US, cultural adjustment and coping skills, US classroom culture, safety and security, and more. Get the details on all our sessions and RSVP on our International Student Orientation page.

STEP 3

Understand Your Legal Requirements as an F-1 or J-1 International Student at NYU

As an international student in the US, it's important for you to understand that it is your responsibility to keep your F-1/J-1 status legal and valid throughout the duration of your studies in the US. Review your legal requirements.

Get and Complete the Rest of Your Arrival Checklist