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UC Merced International

International Student Orientation

Welcome New Spring 2022 International Students!

F-1 and J-1 students are required by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the UC Merced Office of International Affairs (OIA) to attend the New International Student Orientation (NISO). Your arrival is validated/registered in the Department of Homeland Security database SEVIS after attending NISO.

Mandatory Check-In

Upon arrival to UC Merced, please check-in by emailing Lacey Long-Vejar at, and attach the following documents:

  • Copy of your I-94 Admission Record (you can access and print your I-94 from the Customs web page after your arrival to the US)
  • F-1 or J-1 Student Visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  • Completed New Student Check-In Form

Mandatory New International Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation is an opportunity for you to meet your International Student Advisors and also meet other new international students. You will learn about important immigration regulations related to your F-1 or J-1 student visa, campus policies, procedures and resources. (During the Fall semester, there are two separate new international student orientations: One for undergraduate students and one for graduate level students.)

Dates, times and locations may change due to university policy changes. Please check back regularly for more information.

New International Student Orientation (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degree level)

The Spring 2022 new international graduate student orientation will be held on Friday, January 14, 2021 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Location to be determined -- you will be emailed with the location prior to NISO.  Please check-in with the Office of International Affairs upon your arrival (before orientation) by emailing Lacey Long-Vejar. Please attach a copy of your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-In Form to the email.

Please direct any questions to OIA at or Lacey Long-Vejar at

Graduate Students

It is important to read all incoming emails from the Graduate Division or Graduate Students Services regarding mandatory training and/or hiring paperwork. You will need your UC Merced form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa, your passport and I-94 to complete hiring paperwork.