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Welcome! Meet the Advisors

Welcome to UC Davis! We look forward to meeting you and helping you during your time at UC Davis. As you will discover, there are many resources to help you as you plan your arrival on campus. Discover some of them here, including your SISS advisor. Meet the team, and find and connect with your advisor by visiting the Staff Directory


Once you have been admitted, you will work with many departments on campus to meet all the requirements necessary to study here at UC Davis. A few very important items are listed here to help get you started, but make sure to explore this entire Newly Admitted Student section to get all of the information you need as an international student for immigration purposes. We suggest you start with our checklists.

  • The Pre-Arrival Checklist includes steps that must be followed to get the proper immigration documents to study at UC Davis.
  • The Arrival Checklist includes steps that must be taken as soon as you get to UC Davis to maintain your immigration status.
  • If you have questions about your I-20 or DS-2019 form, email us at  


All students should begin checking their UC Davis email addresses regularly to avoid missing important information. SISS helps international students with issues relating to their immigration status and will send emails to your UC Davis email account. In addition, other departments will send important information to your UC Davis email address.

If you are not able to access your UC Davis email account, please consider one of these options:

Once you are admitted to the university, there are many requirements to complete before you begin your studies. 

  • Undergraduate students should log in to MyAdmissions regularly and check their UC Davis email to make sure they meet all of the post-admission/pre-arrival requirements.
  • Graduate students will work with their departments and Graduate Studies to fulfill all of their requirements.

Visas and Entry into the United States

Learn more about obtaining a visa

SISS Check-In

One of the first mandatory requirements in maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status is to complete SISS Check-In. You may check-in online by following the steps outlined below. You cannot begin the check-in process until you arrive in the U.S.

  1. Go to iGlobal
  2. Log on using your Kerberos login credentials.
  3. Click on “LOGIN” under Incoming and Continuing Students and Staff Members.
    • If you are having problems using this form, please refresh the iGlobal page or try it in a new browser.
    • Next, click on “CHECK-IN.”
    • Complete all required e-forms.

Once complete, you will receive an email confirming you have completed all the required steps.  SISS will send you another email once we approve the check-in and activate your SEVIS record.