Services for International Students and Scholars

OGS Check-In

Who Needs to Complete the OGS Check-In

All international students holding an F-1 visa or J-1 visa must check-in at the start of each new program of study. This is a U.S. government regulation for students to maintain their visa status. At Northeastern University, the Office of Global Services (OGS) facilitates this online check-in process. Please note that J-1 Scholars do not need to complete the OGS Check-In process and must only attend their Mandatory Clearance Session.

Documents Required to Complete OGS Check-In

The following documents are required to complete the OGS Check-In process:

  • Valid passport
  • Electronic copy of your Visa Stamp (PDF recommended)
  • Electronic copy of your I-94 (PDF recommended)
  • Valid address in the United States

 

OGS Check-In Process

Step 1: Arrive in the United States

  • You must have physically arrived in the United States on an F-1 visa before you can complete the OGS Check-In process.

Step 2: Receive OGS Check-In email from the Office of Global Services

  • OGS will email your Northeastern student email account (yourname@husky.neu.edu) with a link to the e-form at the beginning of the academic term.

Step 3: Follow the link to the e-form and complete all of the information requested of you

  • The e-form can be completed on a desktop, laptop or other mobile device.

Step 4: If you are having complications with your e-form please contact OGS

If I have a J-1 visa do I need to complete the OGS check-in process?

Yes, all J-1 students who have received a new I-20 that has not been activated will need to check in. J-1 Scholars do not need to complete the check-in process with OGS.

I'm a transfer student - should I still complete the check-in?

Yes, all students who have received a new I-20 that has not been activated will need to check in.

 

Is this process different than the "I am here" check in on myNEU?

Yes, “I am here” is pertinent to the registrar’s office. The OGS Online Check in will trigger the activation of your immigration record in SEVIS.

I am getting an error and I cannot submit my online check in.

All the errors are cause by uploading an electronic document that is too big. You will need to transform your document to a pdf format and/or reduce the size of the document.

Try using the form linked below to test your document if you are having upload errors:

https://myogs.northeastern.edu/istart/controllers/client/ClientEngine.cfm?serviceid=EFormTEST0ServiceProvider

How can I retrieve my I-94?

Please use the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Website to retrieve it. Please follow the link below:

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home

I do not have a stamp in my passport, is that a problem?

Maybe, please read below for different acceptable and unacceptable situations:

  • If you do not have a stamp but your I-94 correctly indicates “Class of Admission: F-1” and “Admit Until Date: D/S” then you are OKAY.
  • If you do not have a stamp but your I-94 does not correctly indicate “Class of Admission: F-1” and “Admit Until Date: D/S” then you will need to go to Deferred Inspection to have your I-94 corrected.
    • The closest Deferred Inspection location is at Logan Aiport. Contact information is below:
      • (617) 568-1810
      • cbp.boston.i94@cbp.dhs.gov

I don’t have a fix address yet, can I use a hotel or a friend’s house?

Yes, you can report the address you will be temporary staying however you need to Update your U.S. address in myNEU within 10 days of a change in your U.S. address.

I keep getting emails to check in, is there a problem?

Yes, if we keep emailing you to check in and you believe you have done it, there is a problem. You can resubmit your check in or contact our office so we can review your status and SEVIS activation.

How will I know if my check-in has been processed?

We send regular emails to students if an error occurs and we cannot process your check in. As always, please pay attention to your husky email accounts for any updates.