New Students

Welcome New International Students to
the University of Hawai'i Mānoa Campus

Resources for New Students

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Be prepared while at home! The Pre-arrival Checklist provides a common item list of things you can do to prepare for your arrival in the U.S. and your start as a U.H. Manoa student.

Arrival Checklist

Know what you might need to do upon arrival before you leave! The Arrival Checklist lists things to be ready for from the moment you arrive on in the U.S.

Visa Clearance

Required for international students newly admitted to UH Manoa arriving in the U.S. only.
Visa Clearance is an ISS Office process to verify student's documents for our records. Our office requires students to complete Visa Clearance in order for us to accurately report your status with the necessary parties.

ISS Welcome Events

Starting a week before the start of the semester, the ISS Office holds a variety of welcome activities designed to help students learn more about what is available to them as students at the university.

Frequently Asked Questions with New Students

F-1 Student: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. government has recently allowed schools to send scanned versions of physically signed Forms I-20 or electronically signed Forms I-20 to students. The University will be utilizing UH Filedrop to electronically send the I-20 form to you. We are not planning to mail hard copies Forms I-20, unless required to by the US government. J-1 Student: There has not been additional guidance given in regards to the  DS-2019 forms. Therefore, the University will continue to mail the hard copies DS-2019 form to J-1 students.

Visa services differ based on conditions in each country. Covid-19 may impact such services.

To locate embassy or consulate website, go to https://www.usembassy.gov 

Current U.S. entry bans bar visitors coming from certain countries. Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas have been granted an exception from these bans. J-1 students should request a National Interest Exception (NIE) from a U.S. embassy or consulate. If applying for a visa, this is normally notated on the document. 

Admission to the United States is still subject to inspection by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 Please visit the ISS new international student page to complete the required visa clearance process and learn about new student resources.

Yes.

All arrivals to Hawaii (residents and non-residents) are required to quarantine for at least 14 days in one place of lodging. Read and follow the directions on the Hawaii Department of Transportation website regarding Continental United States and International Travelers.

Hawaii has also launched the Safe Travel Hawaii Program, which allows travelers to bypass the quarantine with a confirmed negative Covid-19 test from a trusted partner taken within 72 hours before arrival.

From our reading of the July 24 2020 SEVP Clarifying Questions and March 2021 FAQs, your requirement to enroll in an in-person course depends on your current location and fall 2021 plans.

  • If you are inside the U.S in ‘active’ status and are starting a new program of study, you can enroll in any delivery mode of instruction (any combination of  in-person, hybrid, online or all online). Transfer student must complete the International Student Services (ISS) Visa Clearance. After your documents have been checked, your F-1  record will be activated and an electronic I-20 showing completed transfer will be transmitted to you. 
  • If you are outside the U.S. and plan to enter, you can enroll in any delivery mode of instruction (any combination of  in-person, hybrid, online or all online).Transfer student must complete the International Student Services (ISS) Visa Clearance upon arrival. After your documents have been checked, your F-1  record will be activated  and an electronic I-20 showing completed transfer will be transmitted to you. 
  • If you are outside of the U.S. and do NOT plan to enter the US for fall 2021, you may enroll entirely online but your ‘initial’ SEVIS record cannot be changed. You will need to request for a new ‘initial’ SEVIS record for the semester that you plan to return to the U.S. to attend in-person classes. You cannot enter the U.S mid-semester.