FALL 2021 ORIENTATION SPECIAL SESSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
August 23-27, 2021
There may be sessions specific to your academic program held other days that week. Zoom links and locations for events are available in Guidebook.
F-1 VISA STUDENTS
Post-Arrival Group (MANDATORY)
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Attendance at one of these two sessions is mandatory for any new international student who is or will be physically present in the US in F-1 status during the Fall semester. It is one part of the mandatory international check-in.
If you entered the US with your Pratt I-20 for the first time, called “initial F-1 status,” you are required to attend, whether this is your first or second year enrolled at Pratt, or if you are returning from a leave.
We will discuss what you need to do to check-in online for your immigration status activation and provide you important information on your F-1 status maintenance responsibilities.
Students who miss this mandatory Zoom session will have a hold placed on their registration.
Studying Online Abroad Group (OPTIONAL)
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
7:00-8:00 pm EDT via Zoom
This virtual meeting is for new international students who are studying only online courses from abroad during the Fall semester. We will discuss what you need to prepare to arrive for Spring semester and give you a preview of F-1 status maintenance requirements. This session is optional; students will be required to attend the OIA post-arrival meeting after arrival in the Spring 2022 semester.
J-1 VISA STUDENTS
Global Innovation Design (GID) Students
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm - Brooklyn campus, Myrtle Hall 2E-3
This is a required session with OIA and incoming J-1 GID students.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 10:00-11:00 am - Brooklyn campus, Myrtle Hall 2E-3
This is a required session with OIA and incoming J-1 Undergraduate Exchange students.
International Student Welcome Social - Brooklyn campus, Rose Garden tent
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 4:00-6:00 pm
Meet and greet with Pratt International Student Association (PISA). All are welcome! Come meet other new students and the PISA co-presidents. OIA staff will also be there to welcome you! This event is before the dinner that follows, so come meet a new buddy to have dinner with after!
Immigration Check-In with OIA
After you arrive in the U.S., you must complete the online check-in process with OIA. This ensures your immigration status and makes sure your SEVIS record does not get terminated.
Instructions for check-in will be emailed to you and check-in deadline is September 15, 2021. You cannot check in before arriving because you will not have the most recent I-94 record. It is issued at the port of entry.
Please contact us at OIA@pratt.edu if you have any questions regarding your arrival. We can’t wait to meet you!