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Immigration Briefing & Check-In

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Immigration Briefing & Check In | International Student Orientation & Events | Executive Programs

We look forward to welcoming you to the United States and The University of Texas at Austin. Take a moment to review all that we have to offer to help you settle in to life and study at UT Austin. The first step in this process is the Immigration Briefing & Check In (IBC).

Who needs to attend IBC?

All incoming students to UT Austin who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents upon applying for admission to UT are classified by the university as international students. If you are a Texas Resident for tuition purposes, but are not a US citizen or US permanent resident, you are still classified as an international student.

For new students, your classification as an international student is represented in your Registration Information Sheet with an International “I” bar.

If you are returning to UT Austin after a leave of absence, you do not need to attend an IBC; however, contact International Student & Scholar Services for check-in instructions to remove your International "I" bar.

Why do I need to attend IBC?

IBC will provide you with information you need to know about your new life in Austin and at UT as an international student. You will learn about immigration, work eligibility in the US, forms of identication, and the health care system. After attending IBC, your International “I” bar will be removed from your record. You will not be able to register for classes until you have attended IBC.

What do I need to bring to IBC?

To have a speedy transition to UT, bring these documents with you to your IBC session.

  • Completed Permanent Record Form
  • I-20 or DS-2019 (or applicable immigration documents, i.e. I-797)
  • Passport (with visa)
  • Printed I-94
  • For F-1/J-1 students with F-1/J-2 dependents:
    • Also bring your dependents I-20s/DS-2019s and I-94s

How do I sign up for IBC?

Undergraduate & Graduate students - spring 2017 admits

Please schedule your January IBC appointment.

Executive Program Students

Due to the nature of your programs, we have a page for program-specific instruction for IBC.

Reciprocal Exchange Students

If you are on a reciprocal exchange, you must sign up for the Reciprocal Exchange IBC before you can register for classes.

Please schedule your January Reciprocal Exchange IBC appointment.