• Admitted International Scholars Immigration Information for J-1 Researchers and Scholars

    Welcome, new international scholar! Now that you have been invited to Hamline University, make sure you complete the following checklist.

    Pre-Arrival:

    Step 1. Receive your invitation letter and DS-2019 and check the document for accuracy.

    Step 2. Pay the required SEVIS fee.

    Step 3. Schedule your visa interview at the nearest US embassy or consulate.

    Step 4. Make your housing arrangements

    • If you are interested in on-campus housing, please work with your sponsoring academic department to see if housing is available.
    • International researchers or scholars may choose to live off campus. Our office currently does not offer individualized assistance in seeking off campus housing.
    • However, recommendations to assist in your housing search are available in the admitted international student section of our website

    Step 5. Book your flight

    • You should make plans to fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The airport code is MSP. If living on campus, make sure to check what days you will be allowed to move into your room so that you can schedule your flight accordingly.
    • Notify the Global Engagement Center to let them know when you will arrive. Fill the Arrival Notification and Airport Pickup form. Please note that the airport pickup service is only available for new international scholars moving to the residence halls or apartments on the Hamline campus. 
    • If a particular Hamline academic department has invited you, they may also arrange transportation for you, but you would need to set this up with your academic department contact person. If you have questions please contact us.  
    • If you are not eligible for free airport pickup there are a multitude of taxi services which serve the MSP airport. Hamline University is approximately 9 miles from the airport, with taxi fares averaging $27-$32. More information about Ground Transportation at the MSP airport is available on the MSP airport website.

    Step 6. Make your dependents arrangements.

    • We suggest that you request the addition of dependents to your immigration record when you first apply to the university. For more information, review the Dependents section of our website.

    Step 7. Ensure that you will have adequate health insurance upon arrival in the United States.

    Step 8. Prepare for your arrival

    Step 9. Travel to the United States

    Step 10. Schedule an appointment with the GEC within one week of arriving in the United States. Be prepared to provide local contact information and bring copies of all immigration documents on this day.