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New International Students (DC Area)

Once your record has been forwarded to DC International Student Services (DC ISS), you will be prompted via email to submit the New International Student Intake Form through the IntlHokies Portal, which is Virginia Tech’s online services platform for international students and scholars ("IntlHokies" is an abbreviation for International Hokies). You will be asked to provide additional information in order to confirm your current status, as well as determine if you will require a Form I-20 (F-1 status) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 status) so that you are able to apply for a visa. 

The New International Student Intake Form could take up to 20 minutes to complete. However, if you are unable to complete the entire form at once, you have the option to choose to "Save Draft" at the bottom of the form so that you may return to complete it at another time. 

In order to submit the New International Student Intake Form, you must follow these steps:

Create your Virginia Tech User ID/Personal Identifier (also known as your PID). For more information about setting up your PID, please visit this page: Getting Started as a Student

  1. Your PID will the the first part of your official VT email address. For example, if your VT email address is hokiebird@vt.edu, then your PID will be hokiebird.
  2. Once you have created your PID, you will then need to set up your 2-Factor Authentication before attempting to log in. Virginia Tech uses a high-security login process referred to as 2-Factor Authentication, which is mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff, and it required to log in to the IntlHokies Portal. To set up your 2-Factor, go to  https://it.vt.edu/projects/2factor.html. If you need additional assistance setting up or using 2-Factor, you can submit a request through http://www.4help.vt.edu or call 4Help directly at +1.540.231.4357.
  3. Once you have set up your 2-Factor Authentication, navigate to the IntlHokies Portal: https://sun-prod-app.db.vt.edu.
  4. Select the large, orange “Login” button, which will automatically direct you to a login page where you will be required to enter your PID and password, followed by the 2-Factor Authentication process.
  5. Once you successfully log in, you will be taken to the “IntlHokies Services Home Page” - you will find the New International Student Intake Form in the "Admissions" section of the menu to the left.
  • Copy of your passport ID page
  • Proof of sufficient funds 
    • Sufficient funds will need to cover educational and living expenses for your first year. 
    • Please review our Financial Requirements page thoroughly for additional costs/details and acceptable financial documents you may submit.
    • Please note that all amounts are shown as estimates and are subject to change - additional program fees may apply. For the most up-to-date information and a complete breakdown of tuition and fees, please refer to the Bursar office's Tuition & Fee Rates website.  
  • Dependent information (if applicable)
    • If you have any dependents (spouse and/or children), you will need to provide the passport ID page and additional funds required for each dependent you plan to bring to the US with you.
       

If you will be transferring your SEVIS record from another U.S. institution, you will need to provide the following additional items: 

  • Current SEVIS ID number
  • Copy of your most recent Form I-20 or Form DS-2019
  • Copy of your most recent Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
  • Anticipated date of last attendance at your previous institution OR the end date of your current OPT authorization period (whichever is applicable)
  • The full name and email address of your previous International Student Advisor and/or Designated School Official (DSO) at your previous institution who will be facilitating the release of your SEVIS record  - they will be sent an electronic "Transfer In" form to complete, so be sure that you have completed any "Transfer Out" requirements, as well. See below for the applicable school/program code, which are often required by your previous school in order to transfer your SEVIS record: 
    • F-1 graduate transfers: WAS214F01228003
    • J-1 transfers: P-1-00071 
       

If you are inside the US in another status besides F-1 or J-1, you will only need to provide the following:

  • Your most recent Form I-94 so that we can confirm your current status and update your student record accordingly; additionally:
    • If you confirm via the form that you wish to maintain your current status, no additional action will be required once your form is submitted.  
    • If you confirm via the form that you wish to change to F-1 or J-1 status, you will be contacted by one of the DC International Student Advisors to discuss your options.

Immigration documents are generally issued beginning in March for fall admits, and beginning in October for spring admits. We ask that you please allow 10 business days for the to process your request.

If you are issued a Form I-20, your document will be sent to you via your VT email account as a secure link where you can download, print and sign it. 

If you are issued a Form DS-2019, your document will be mailed to you or it can be picked up in-person; an International Student Advisor will reach out to you about shipping and/or pick-up options once your request is processed.

AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL TO THE U.S. AND/OR CAMPUS

All new students are required to check-in with DC International Student Services upon their arrival. These require you to submit additional forms through the IntlHokies Portal. 

All new international students must complete a mandatory immigration check-in process after arrival to the US and/or campus by submitting the Immigration Check-In e-form through the IntlHokies Portal

Your SEVIS record will be activated only after you complete this mandatory check-in.  Failure to check in may result in the de-activation/cancellation of your SEVIS record and could mean you are no longer able to legally stay in the U.S.