Incoming International Students: When you arrive

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Michigan-Dearborn! You may use the information on this page to make your arrival as smooth as possible. We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus.

Arrive in the USA

You may enter the USA in initial F-1 or J-1 status up to 30 days ahead of your program start date. You can confirm your program start date on page one of your I-20 or DS-2019. 

When you arrive at the airport, you will have to go through an official immigration check to be admitted into the country. At this point you will present your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 to an immigration officer. Please make sure not to pack away this documentation in your luggage. You will need to have it available at the airport immigration check. The immigration officer will review your documentation and conduct a brief interview. Just focus on providing honest information about your visit to the USA as a student or scholar attending UM-Dearborn. 

Defer or Cancel Your Program

If you would like to defer your admission to another semester, please email your academic department and the OIA so that we can amend your admission letter and I-20. 

If you have decided not to attend UM-Dearborn, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected] so that we can cancel your I-20.  

Get to UM-Dearborn

When you arrive at the Detroit airport (DTW), we recommend that you take a taxi/Uber/Lyft to campus or wherever you will be staying. For Taxis service and Uber/Lyft pick-up area, follow the signage at the airport.  The taxi cost is approximately $35 from Detroit Metro Airport to UM-Dearborn.  The cost for Uber and Lyft vary.  

Please keep the address for the University or your housing address with you. Also, carry the number for Public Safety.

LocationAddressTelephone and hours
University of Michigan-Dearborn

4901 Evergreen Road

Dearborn, MI 48128

Public Safety

24 hours a day/7 days a week

Office of International Affairs (OIA)   

4901 Evergreen Road   
Suite 1169 RUC

Dearborn, MI 48128

Monday to Friday   
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Check-in at OIA

All international students must complete the OIA Immigration Check-in process. This includes completion of the required Immigration Check-in eForm, and attendance at the required Immigration Check-in virtual event. You must complete the check-in process within 30 days of your program start-date. This includes all J-1 exchange visitors (paid or unpaid by the University). If your SEVIS record is not activated within 30 days of the program start-date, you will be out of status and must leave the country. You can find your program start-date on the form I-20 or DS-2019. 

Check in with the OIA by completing the Immigration Check-in eForm. Via the online form, you will have to upload the following: 

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • U.S. address where you are staying. Please note: The address must be for a residence. It cannot be a P.O. Box or an office address. It can be a "care of" address.

Mandatory Immigration Check-in: Winter 2024  

The OIA hosted the virtual OIA Immigration Check-in on January 4, 2024. Immigration Check-in is required for all F-1 international students. A recording of the session as well as a copy of the OIA presentation are now available online: 

Immigration Check-in   
Session Recording    

During the workshop, students learned about:

Required documentation for immigration check-in 

If you have F-2 or J-2 dependents (spouse and/or children) who traveled with you to the U.S., you must also submit their documentation:

  • Original passports 
  • I-20 or DS-2019 forms
  • Copies of their visas
  • Copies of page 1 of I-20 or DS-2019
  • Copy of electronic I-94 forms 

Shuttle service

Free shuttle service is provided from local apartment communities to campus. Visit the Shuttle Service page for more information and schedules.

The earliest that an F-1 student is allowed to enter the USA is up to 30 days ahead of their program start-date (as recorded on page 1 of the I-20). The final deadline by which new F-1 students may enter the USA corresponds to the UM-Dearborn Add/Drop Deadline according to the academic calendar (individual professors might have different late arrival policy, please consult with your department academic adviser). 

Office of International Affairs

2106 - James C. Renick University Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-583-6600
Fax: 313-583-6725