International Scholars, Faculty and Staff

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., you will receive an admission stamp in your passport and an electronic I-94 record of arrival will be created to document your admission. Check the admission stamp in your passport to ensure you were given the correct immigration status. Once you are in the U.S., you can access your I-94 record on the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency’s website.

Attend your OVIS check-in and orientation. You should bring your immigration documents, including your passport and I-94 record print-out, to your OVIS check-in. OVIS will also need your local residential address.

If you will be paid by Dartmouth College during your stay, you may need to complete the Form I-9 process. 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.

English Language Resources at Dartmouth

English Language Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in a friendly atmosphere while discussing interesting topics including current events, historical and political figures, art, poetry, and American culture.  Receive helpful hints on pronunciation so you can be better understood.  There is no charge to participate in the group. 

  • Room 301, Black Family Visual Arts Center, 22 Lebanon St. Hanover
  • Wednesdays, 1:00 -2:00 p.m., during Dartmouth terms
  • Open to International Grad Students and Families,  International Research Fellows, Post Docs and Families, Dartmouth Staff, Exchange Students and Families, and Medical Students and Families

Email Susie for more information.

Rassias Center

Community Language Programs (CLP)