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Late Arrival

What To Do In Case of a Late Arrival

Reminder! The directions below are only for students who have been APPROVED for late arrival through ISSS. To request approval, please complete the following form

Once you receive approval and have arrived in the U.S., please review the below steps and if you have questions or concerns, please email

Step 1: Report your arrival to ISSS 

The Immigration Check-in should only be completed by students who are physically inside of the U.S. 

To that end, once you have entered the U.S., please log in the iCats system and navigate to the gray “Requests” banner. Click on the entry that starts with “Admitted Fall…”.  Complete and submit the “Confirm Arrival” eform.   In order to complete this eform you will need to have the following items available:

  • The date you entered the U.S.
  • An email and phone number for your emergency contact person
  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • A copy of your visa stamp (unless you are a citizen of Canada)

This step must be completed before International Student and Scholar Services can report your arrival to the U.S. Government

Step 2: Update your “SEVIS US” address and your phone number in your MyOHIO Student Center 

To do this, please follow the steps outlined in the step by step instructions.  


ISSS cannot report your arrival to the government until you have taken the above steps.  


Step 3: Watch the 10 Rules video from orientation 

The video will be available once the late arrival season has started. 

Step 4: Complete 10 Rules Quiz  - You must review the video before completing the quiz. 


ISSS cannot remove your registration hold until the above action is completed. Please allow 1 business day for ISSS to remove the hold. 

Step 5: Get your Bobcat ID Card  

Your Ohio University ID card is used to verify your status as a student, faculty, or staff member in good standing. You also can use the card to take the Athens Public Transit bus for free. You can get your ID by stopping by Bobcat Depot, located in Baker Center on the 1st floor behind the escalators.  

Step 6: Update your Outlook calendar!

  • Open Outlook calendar - you can navigate to and open the calendar using the calendar icon on the bottom (or side) of the screen
  • Click on your name - it often looks like a circle with your initials in it (mine says DC) 
  • Click on the cog/wheel for settings 
  • Click on time and date 
  • Click the drop down for EST (USA/Canada) 

Step 7: Pick up your welcome bag! 

We have a welcome bag for you! Please stop by the ISSS office (address below) between the hours of 8am and 5pm (we are closed for lunch from 12-1pm) to pick up your bag.

Yamada International House

56 E. Union Street

Athens, Ohio

Have a graduate appointment? 

If you have a graduate appointment, you’ll need to follow the directions on the HR webpage for new student employees. You can find that site here

Review the dependent presentation if you have dependents 

Students with Dependents can watch the recorded presentation and reach out if they have additional questions.