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 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 to campus or wherever you will be staying. Taxis are available from the luggage pick-up area of the airport. The cost is approximately $35 from Detroit Metro Airport to UM-Dearborn. 

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



Telephone 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)

780 Town Center Dr.
Suite 108

Dearborn, MI 48126

Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Check-in at OIA

You must check in with the International Office within 3 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. 

Please bring your:

  • 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 schedule 

Fall 2021 Mandatory Virtual Immigration Check-in takes place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, August 26, 2021.  The virtual Zoom meeting link with registration will be shared with students in August when the date approaches.  

Orientation and welcome reception

Come and meet other new students, and learn about the English language resources available to you. Your attendance at either of these events is optional.

Mandatory immigration check-in workshop

The immigration check-in process is the first step in officially activating your F-1 or J-1 status in the SEVIS government database. SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a web-based system for maintaining information on international nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors in the United States. Failure to complete the mandatory immigration check-in process may result in a loss of immigration status.

During the workshop you will learn about:

Required documentation for immigration check-in 

  • Valid passport
  • Original I-20 or DS-2019 document 
  • Copy of page 1 of your I-20 or DS-2019 document
  • Copy of your passport picture page (color or black & white, standard size)
  • Copy of your F-1 or J-1 visa page in your passport (color or black & white, standard size) 
  • Electronic I-94 form (printed AFTER you arrive in the United States)
  • Emergency contact information for individual in the United States 
  • Current living address here in the United States 
  • Submit e-form with documentation

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

  • 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.

Office of International Affairs

Room 108
The Union at Dearborn
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