Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

We continue to follow the developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitor situations on campus and around the world. Your wellbeing and educational experience are our prioritiesSee the updates and resourcesThe UC Davis International Center is currently closed, but we are still here to help: please email your SISS advisor directly with questions or to set up a remote appointment. Find your advisor listed on our Contact Us page.

J-1 Scholar Check-In & Orientation

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How to Get Started

When first arriving at UC Davis, J-1 scholars must check-in with SISS by completing our iGlobal check-in eForm. Scholars should refer to instructions provided to you with your SISS welcome packet. Timely check-in is required for SEVIS record validation and new J scholar orientation sign up. If you have questions, please email SISSscholar@ucdavis.edu


Orientation Agenda

Attendance at a scholar orientation is required to validate the stay of all new J-1 international scholars.  At orientation, scholars will learn about:

  • The International Scholar Advisors at SISS and more information about SISS's services and resources
  • Health Insurance Requirements for Scholars
  • J-1 Rules and Regulations, Including:
    • International Travel
    • Two Year Home Residency Requirement (212e)
    • Incidental Employment Restrictions and J-2 Employment
  • The City of Davis and the UC Davis Community
  • Recreational Opportunities
  • International House
  • Transportation
  • California Driver’s License
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Tax Information
  • UC Davis Identification (ID) Card (“Aggie Card”)
  • And more!

Orientation Locations

There are three choices for attending a new J-1 scholar orientation. Scholars will be able to select an orientation option during completion of the iGlobal check-in eForm. Even if scholars attend an orientation in person, they can also review the orientation slideshow. 

  • Davis Main Campus:

Orientation for scholars working at the main campus in Davis is held in the Conference Room on the 3rd Floor at the International Center. In general, these orientations take place every 3 weeks on a Thursday morning. Scholars will be given information on the precise location, day and time of the next orientation when they register for orientation.

Davis Orientation Slideshow

  • Sacramento Medical Center:

Orientation is held at the Betty Irene Moore Building, School of Nursing, on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Please contact Gayle Oberlies, International Scholar Advisor, for an orientation. 

Sacramento Orientation Slideshow

  • Orientation Online:

If you would like to do the orientation online, please view the orientation slideshow for the Davis or Sacramento campus. Scholars who choose to do the online orientation must complete it within the first two weeks of their arrival in the United States. It is strongly advised that you do not travel or attempt to get a Social Security Number or California's Driver's License before reviewing the information in this presentation. After completing this orientation, scholars must submit copies of the below documents.


Required Documents

All new J-1 scholars will be asked to upload the following documents with submission of their completed iGlobal check-in eForm.

  • Copy of current Visa Stamp for scholar and any J-2 dependents
  • Copy of DS-2019 document for scholar and any J-2 dependents
  • Copy of I-94 record online for scholar and any J-2 dependents
  • If the scholar or J-2 dependent used a new passport to enter the US, please include a copy of the passport ID page (this is not necessary if the scholar has already sent current passport copies to SISS prior to arrival).

I-94: Arrival/Departure Record

You can now check your record online and print an I-94. If there is an error on the electronic I-94, please contact your SISS international scholar advisor immediately for help.

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