When students check in, they are also reminded to attend the mandatory orientation.
Immigration documents: passport photo page, passport F-1 or J-1 visa page, I-94 immigration card, I-20 or DS-2019. If applicable: I-20 transfer pending, I-20 previous school; I-20 change of status, I-797, visa B1/B2, I-551A, job offer letterThe OIPS GAs will review the checklist with the new student and answer any questions they may have. New this year: Focus on the honor code.
The OIPS GAs have their own checklists. They will complete a new checklist for each new student who checks in. After the documents have been scanned, they are uploaded to fsaAtlas (GA does this in the morning before the Welcome Center opens). Each evening the SEVIS coordinator will review all new contact info sheets and scanned documents (fsaAtlas).
George Mason University
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITYWELCOME CENTER Location: Outside OIPS Duration: 4 weeks Hours: Noon – 5 pm Staff: 2 Graduate Assistants Equipment: 2 laptops and 2 scannersMarc Socias & Birgit Debeerst
WELCOME CENTER: SERVICES Check-in Information Sessions
WELCOME CENTER: CHECK-IN (1) New Student OIPS GAs Completes contact info sheet Scans immigration documents Reviews checklist Reviews checklist
WELCOME CENTER: CHECK-IN (2) OIPS GAs SEVIS Coordinator Complete checklist Reviews all contact info sheets Reviews all scanned documents
WELCOME CENTER: INFORMATION SESSIONS Optional but highly encouraged Topics: Grading styles, American culture, Classroom etiquette, Banking, How to survive on a tight budget, Finding a job on campus, etc
WELCOME CENTER: BENEFITS A one stop shop- Welcome- Efficient use of resources Reduction work load OIPS staff- GAs: Scanning & answering general questions- OIPS staff: Transfers, reinstatements, on campus employment, etc Checklists:- Highlights important topics prior to Orientation- Consistency- Reduces errors
CONTACT US Birgit Debeerst, Assistant Director for Programming Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Marc Socias, International Faculty and Scholar Advisor Email: email@example.com