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Scholar Orientation

Welcome to William &  Mary and VIMS!

Immigration Check-In

After you arrive in the U.S., you must complete your immigration check-in. Please complete it within 1 week of your arrival. If you are not yet in the U.S., wait to complete it when you arrive. If you have difficulty, contact the Reves Center for help!

  1. Login to iStart, using your William & Mary login.
  2. Select J-1 Scholar Services from the left menu.
  3. Select J-1 Scholar Immigration Check-In and complete the Check-In and Immigration Responsibilities forms. 
International Scholar Orientation

You must also attend an International Scholar Orientation when you arrive to the U.S. This is a required part of your Immigration Check-In.

  • Scholar orientation will be held on the first, third and fourth Wednesday, of each month from 1:00-2:00pm.
  • Scholar Orientation will be held virtually through Zoom video. Please email [[mstarman,Mona David-Starman]] to receive a Zoom link.
  • Please refer to the Scholar Orientation Handbook during the virtual orientation.

Once you complete your online check-in, and attend Scholar Orientation, we will register your record with Immigration.

Scholar Orientation Topics

We have information to help you:

  • Immigration and Visa Rules
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Medical Care in the US
  • Safety and Laws
  • Transportation and Driving
  • English Language Resources
  • International Family Network

Contact Emily Bailey, [[ehbailey]], (757-221-3590) for help.