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CHECK IN FOR I-20/DS-2019 ACTIVATION

 

In order for international students to comply with SEVP Regulations in place during Covid-19, ISPO requires students who hold an Initial SEVIS record to submit the Check in for I-20/DS-2019 Activation if they are physically located inside of the U.S. to ensure we collect required information to activate their SEVIS record. 

 

SPRING 2021 ENTRY - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:
Friday, April 23, 2021

STEP 1: CONFIRM IF YOU NEED TO SUBMIT THIS FORM

WHY IS ISPO ASKING ME TO SUBMIT THIS FORM? 

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has outlined guidance for international students in place for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency to maintain their student status while studying in the U.S. To comply with the guidance in place, ISPO requires students who hold an Initial SEVIS record to submit the Check in for I-20/DS-2019 Activation if they are physically located inside of the U.S. to ensure we collect required information to activate their SEVIS record. Activation of the SEVIS record allows students to remain in the U.S. and continue to maintain F or J status. 

Only students who meet all of the following are required to submit this form: 

  1.  Initial I-20 from UC San Diego: "Form Issue Reason" on page 1 of your most recently issued I-20 states 'Initial Attendance', Transfer Pending', or 'Change of Educational Level' 
  2. Program Start Date: Your program start date listed on the first page of your I-20/DS-2019 is in the future or is within the first 2 weeks of the quarter of entry. 
  3. Location.: You are physically located inside of the U.S. If you have not yet entered, wait to submit this form until after you enter the U.S. 
  4. Arrival Record: You are able to show proof of last entry into the U.S. by uploading an electronic Form I-94. 

STEP 2: SUBMIT YOUR FORM IN iPORTAL

The deadline to submit this form is 30 days after the program start date listed on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. Ensure that you've logged into Tritonlink and have updated your current address (U.S. address), your Permanent Address (foreign/home country address), and also your emergency contact information. 

  • Log in to iportal.ucsd.edu .
  • Go to "Services" tab.
  • Select "Check in for I-20/DS-2019 Activation" form.
  • Fill out your request.
  • If asked, upload a PDF copy of your Electronic Form I-94.
  • "Submit" your request.

Note that students who submit this request will not receive an updated I-20 or DS-2019 reflecting action taken on their SEVIS record. However, upon successful submission of this request, ISPO will activate your SEVIS record. An advisor will contact you directly if more information is needed to complete your request. 

STEP 3: LEARN WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT STUDYING IN THE U.S.

These days are unpredictable, and we understand that your plans may change. If you experience a change in plans, here's some information: 


What if I depart the U.S. after submission of the Check in for I-20/DS-2019 Activation
If at any time after submission of this form, you depart the U.S., log into Tritonlink and update your current address to a foreign/home country address to let us know you’ve departed. Review the Registrar's Office instructions on how to enter a foreign address in TritonLink.

 

What if I am unable to arrive to the U.S. by the quarter start date listed on my I-20/DS-2019? 

If you are unable to arrive to the U.S. by the deadline to add coursework for the quarter start date listed on your document, do not submit the Check in for I-20/DS-2019 Activation. Instead, log into iPortal and submit the "NEW ADMIT: I-20/DS-2019 Amendment/Reprint Request"  so ISPO can adjust your program start date to the quarter you intend to enter the U.S.