Congratulations on your admission to Cleveland State! You are almost ready to start your first semester here, but first you need to complete VIP class on Blackboard as well as attend the Center for International Services and Program's (CISP) New International Student Orientation. It is mandatory that all new F-1 students:
- Complete the VIP (Vikes Immigration Program) class (more info to follow!)
- Attend International Student Orientation
- Upload important immigration document copies to the CISP
- Update Personal Profile in CampusNet to reflect local Cleveland mailing address once you have arrived in our region
Please note: there will be $100 matriculation fee assessed to all new international students' CampusNet accounts.
As an F-1 international student, you have an obligation to comply with the immigration laws and regulations of the United States. It is illegal to violate U.S. federal immigration laws and regulations for any reason. As a student in F-1 status, you are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with the U.S. laws and regulations that apply to you. Your failure to be aware of and comply with these requirements could jeopardize your academic plans. By completing the VIP session and attending Orientation you will get to know most important immigration laws and regulations that you should comply with throughout your study in the US.
Checking in with CISP: Prior to the start of the semester, all newly admitted students are required to check in with CISP by submitting copies of three immigration documents to permanently remove the INR course registration hold.
- passport ID page
- F1 visa
- I-94 arrival record
Additionally, students MUST update their Personal Profile record in CampusNet to reflect their local U.S. address as soon as they have arrived in Cleveland. Keeping a current and valid local address on file with the University is an important component in maintaining F-1 status.