Post-Arrival Checklist


Your first point of arrival in the United States is your port of entry. You will need to go through immigration inspection at your port of entry regardless if you have a transit connection within the United States. 

During the immigration inspection, you will need to present the following items to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official (please DO NOT put these items into your check-in baggage):

  • A valid passport – preferably valid for a minimum of 6 months to the date of entry
  • A valid U.S. visa (Canadians do not require a Visa for entry into the US)

  • An immigration document – Either an I-20 or DS2019 issued by a DSO at Hawaii Pacific University
  • Financial Documents – preferably the same ones you submitted for your I-20 and visa interview

Before leaving the customs area, please check that the CBP officer has stamped your passport accordingly. If you are an F-1 student, you should get an F-1 stamp. Similarly, if you are a J-1 student, you should get a J-1 stamp. If this information is missing on your stamp, you need to go back to the CBP officer to have it corrected.

If you are arriving via air or sea, you are no longer required to complete paper Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Form I-94 or I-94W. CBP will gather your arrival/departure information automatically. You can retrieve your I-94 by visiting the U.S Customs and Border Protection website. This will be available 24 hours after your arrival in the U.S. If you have trouble retrieving your I-94 or if the information on the form is incorrect please visit here.

Immigration laws allow you to enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20/DS-2019. We encourage you to arrange your travel schedules so that you can arrive at least one week before classes begin and attend the mandatory check-in and international student orientation. Additionally, this will also give you time to find suitable housing, open a bank account and become acquainted with the campus, local neighborhoods and the city.


All new F-1 and J-1 international students (including transfer/returning who withdrawn for one semester or more) are required to complete immigration document check in to confirm their arrival in the U.S. and activate their F-1/J-1 immigration records. 

Immediately after your arrival in the U.S., please bring your originals of the following to OISS:

  • Passport

  • HPU I-20 for F-1 visa students/DS 2019 for J-1 visa students

  • Visa

  • Local address (even if it is a hotel, this can be changed later)

PASSPORT WEEK (ORIENTATION) for International Students

In collaboration with First Year Programs, OISS provides wonderful opportunities for new undergraduate international students (including visiting and exchange) to meet and make friends with other HPU students, support new students as they transition to the HPU community, and learn about U.S/Hawaii customs and lifestyle through the New Student Orientation program.

As an international student new to the HPU community, you may have unique concerns pertaining to a wide range of topics including:

  • Course enrollment and academic advising
  • Learning about where things are on campus and the services available to you
  • Meeting other HPU students from both the U.S. and other countries
  • Your immigration status and processing your document for attending HPU

For more information, please visit the Passport Week website.

Health Insurance

All international students/and their accompanying dependents at HPU are required to have health insurance coverage that meets HPU standards. If you have your own health insurance, or your government or program sponsor is providing you with health insurance, you are required to complete a waiver form. In order for a waiver to be granted, your health insurance coverage must be proven to meet University standards. Health insurance is not an option – it is a requirement. Further details can be found under Student Health Care.

Vaccinations & Medical Screenings:

Per the State of Hawaii regulations, students studying in Hawaii are required to demonstrate certain medical clearances in order to be enrolled in coursework:

1.     Proof of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Immunization

  • All students are required to demonstrate proof that they have received two doses of the MMR immunization (taken at least four weeks apart) in order to register for coursework.  Click here for the MMR immunization clearance form.
  • A certain few students may be eligible for an MMR immunization waiver.  If you believe you may meet the one of the limited conditions for a waiver, click here.
  • NOTE: Forms signed by a non-US licensed physician will require additional time for processing by HPU.  Please be patient as paperwork is processed.

2.     Tuberculosis (TB) Test

  • All students coming for a period of study lasting longer than five months are required to take a TB test after their arrival in Hawaii.  During check-in and orientation, students will be provided with information on how and where to get tested at no charge. Complete both TB risk assessment form, and Tuberculosis health clearance form.

Mandatory - Update of Physical Address

When updating your local US address/SEVIS domestic address, be sure to include ALL the information listed below. 

  • A P.O. Box is NOT acceptable as a physical address.

               1.  Address Line 1: Street Number, Street Name, Apartment Number (E.g., 801 South King Street, Apt 3105)
               2.  City: Honolulu, Kaneohe, etc.
               3.  State: Hawaii
               4.  Country: United States of America
               5.  Zip Code: 5-digit US Postal Code – Your ZIP code must correctly match your city and state (*Required field)
               6.  Press “Submit.”

  • Using your HPU username and password, to log in to HPU Pipeline.
  •  On your homepage, under “My Quick Links” section, click on “Personal Info”
  • Under the “Personal Information Menu” tab, click on “Verify Address(es) and Phone Number(s)”.

  • Verify the current address information you have, and select the appropriate address you will update/insert. In this example, you will be updating the mailing address.

  • At the Dropdown Box: “Type of Address to Insert”:
  1. Select “SD” to update your SEVIS DOMESTIC ADDRESS  where you are living in the U.S. and required to report any changes within 10 days to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or risk of a violation of status.

  2. Select “PR” to update your PERMANENT ADDRESS