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. This is a required part of your Immigration Check-In.

  • Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, Reves Center Conference Room, 2nd floor (200 South Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA)
  • VIMS scholars, please come to the William & Mary orientation if possible. If this is not possible, you can meet with us individually during our VIMS office hours: Thursday, 1:00-3:30pm, Sowers House (7580 Spencer Road, Gloucester Point, VA)

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.