International Scholars, Faculty and Staff

Arrival to the U.S. and COVID-19

When planning your arrival to the U.S. and to Dartmouth, please be sure to review the most up-to-date information from both the CDC and Dartmouth to ensure you are able to comply with all applicable guidance for travel and admission to the U.S., and for beginning your program at Dartmouth.

Pre-Arrival Information

Scholars, faculty and staff must accept their offer of employment, appointment or invitation to come to Dartmouth before the immigration sponsorship process can begin.

When the offer, appointment or invitation is accepted, the host department or school will initiate the immigration process with OVIS. As part of that process, you will receive an email with a link to the iDartmouth system. When you log into the system, you will be prompted to complete a series of forms and upload specific documents to the system. OVIS will review the information you provide to determine your eligibility for sponsorship, and will follow up with you if any additional information is needed. The visa category used to sponsor you will be determined by OVIS in consultation with your department.

OVIS will send you the documentation you need to apply for the appropriate visa stamp at the U.S. embassy or consulate. Canadian citizens are visa exempt.

When you are issued the visa stamp, you will be able to enter the United States. There are specific rules regarding the permissible period of admission that govern each visa category. OVIS will provide you with detailed guidance regarding the rules governing your visa status and admission to the United States.

Your OVIS advisor will work with you to schedule a date and time for your OVIS check-in and orientation. This is separate from the Human Resources or departmental orientation. Check-ins are not done on a walk-in basis; they must be scheduled in advance. You must check in with OVIS before you can complete the onboarding process with Human Resources or receive payments from Dartmouth.

Arrival in the U.S. and at Dartmouth

Upon arrival in the U.S. an electronic I-94 record of arrival will be created to document your admission. Once you are in the U.S., you can access your I-94 record on the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency's website.

Your OVIS advisor will coordinate with you to schedule a check-in and orientation session. This is separate from your orientation with Dartmouth Human Resources. You will receive information about the session, which may be in-person or virtual, including instructions for providing copies of your immigration documents to OVIS.

If you will be paid by Dartmouth College during your stay, you may need to complete the Form I-9 and EVerify processes. You should receive information from Human Resources about this process before your arrival. You must check in with OVIS before completing the Form I-9 and EVerify processes.

English Language Resources at Dartmouth

English Language Conversation Group

The English Conversation Group meets Wednesdays throughout winter term from 1-2 PM. Classes begin Wed 1/18/23. An additional zoom class is being offered on Tuesdays at 4 PM.

A virtual conversation group for those who wish to practice their English speaking skills. Open to all international members of the Dartmouth community and their families.

  • Contact for Zoom info:
  • Wednesdays, 1:00 -2:00 p.m., during Dartmouth terms 
  • Open to all international members of the Dartmouth community and their families

Rassias Center

Community Language Programs (CLP)