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Action Items for International Students

Using eShip Global for Immigration Documents

All immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) that are mailed outside the United States are sent express mail using an eShip Global account. Set up an eShip Global account after uploading your required documents for faster, more reliable delivery. Allow 3 weeks for Rackham to complete the processing of your I-20 or DS-2019.

When setting up your eShip Global account:

If you are local, Rackham Admissions will email you when your I-20 or DS-2019 is ready for pick up. Email Rackham Admissions at if you will have someone pick up the document for you.

When to Make Your Travel Arrangements

Regarding Your Reporting Date

  • Make your travel arrangements after you have been informed of the reporting date on your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019). The reporting date will appear in Wolverine Access after your immigration document is issued. The reporting date will not be changed to accommodate personal reasons or plane reservations.
  • The reporting date on your immigration document is determined by the federal immigration regulations and allows you to participate in university activities and the mandatory International Center SEVIS check-in before classes begin.
  • You are allowed to enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the reporting date on the immigration document.
  • You may be prohibited from entering the United States at an immigration checkpoint if you arrive after the reporting date indicated on your immigration document.

Regarding Your Visa

  • Make a visa appointment after you receive your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019).
  • Complete the International Center’s Visa Assistance form if you experience a delay in receiving your visa.

Immunizations for International Students

The University of Michigan does not require immunizations. However, it is recommended that students come to school fully immunized to protect their health. Immunizations are one of the most effective public health measures in preventing communicable diseases. Immunization recommendations can be found on the University Health Services website.

Contact Admissions

0120 Rackham Building
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: 734.764.8129
Fax: 734.936.3335


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The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.