Checklist for Admitted International Students
This information is for international students who have been accepted to the University of Maine at Machias, and have received their Form I-20. If you’re an international student looking for information on applying, click here. If you’re looking for the checklist for admitted domestic students, click here.
Once you receive your Form I-20, fill out the enrollment confirmation form to let us know you’re coming to UMM!
The confirmation deposit is waived for international students.
COVID-19 health and safety guidance
COVID-19 health and safety guidance
As of November 8, 2021, the U.S. government will require all air passengers to be fully vaccinated before boarding a plane to the U.S. A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving all doses of the FDA approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson) or WHO approved for emergency use vaccines (AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac). You can view the official announcement here, which explains available exceptions.
The University of Maine also requires all students attending in-person classes and activities to be fully vaccinated with one of the above listed vaccines. Please record verification of your vaccination on our secure campus portal. You will need your MaineStreet username and password to log in. Detailed instructions can be found online.
Students, who are allowed to enter the U.S. without a vaccine or with a document showing they have recently recovered from Covid-19, will receive help from the UMaine Office of International Programs in accessing two free Covid-10 vaccinations and a free vaccine booster.
We look forward to your arrival and to helping you get acquainted with the University of Maine at Machias campus and U.S. culture through our New International Student Orientation program and other activities.
Some important things to remember:
Upload a copy of your vaccination card prior to your arrival on our secure portal.
Fall 2022 Semester Arrivals – plan to arrive to Bangor or Orono on Tuesday, August 23, between 8 am and 9 pm, local EST time so we can provide a free pick up from Bangor to Orono. We will not be able to provide a pick up service on any other date. Plan to arrive at Bangor International Airport (BGR) or bus station, or find alternative transportation to Orono, Maine. We will provide a place to stay on the Orono campus during orientation (no earlier than August 23), and will provide transportation to Machias over the weekend, before classes start.
- Your travel and arrival plans must be carefully coordinated with UMM’s move-in procedures. Make sure you submit your arrival details as instructed below.
- It is very important that you provide information about your travel and arrival plans by completing the arrival information form below. Please resubmit the form every time you update your travel plan.
Arrival Details – once you finalize your arrival plans and book your airfare, be sure to submit your arrival details so we can coordinate your arrival, even if you do not need transportation from Bangor to Machias. Submit your ARRIVAL DETAILS here.
Attendance at Orientation is mandatory. Orientation will be held August 24-26 at the University of Maine (Orono campus).
Fall 2022 Orientation Schedule – coming soon!
Following Orientation on the Orono campus, we will provide transportation to the Machias campus.
UMaine Machias will also have sessions for new students. Visit the UMM general orientation website .
Classes begin Monday, August 29, 2022.
Moving in to your residence on-campus:
Students will be able to move into their residence hall on the Machias campus upon arrival as coordinated with Orono and Machias staff. Be sure to submit your arrival details here.
U.S. Academic Information
Our Academic Advising office has a lot of very helpful information. Review it and then complete the steps below:
Financial Terms and Conditions
All students must complete the “Financial Terms and Conditions” before enrolling in classes. Log in to your MaineStreet account to do so, via your “to do” list. See Video Tutorials below about how to navigate MaineStreet.
Maine law requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to provide proof of immunizations. View immunizations requirements and ways to submit your immunizations record here.
All students are required to be enrolled in an insurance plan. Students can enroll in the University of Maine System’s International Student Insurance plan, or they can purchase their own. Students who wish to purchase their own insurance must submit a waiver form before September 1, 2022. Click here to confirm your enrollment in the University of Maine System’s insurance, or to waive out of the insurance plan.
If you’ve been notified of your acceptance to the University of Maine at Machias, congratulations! Make sure you’ve completed these steps:
IMPORTANT! Once you receive your Form I-20, make sure you confirm your enrollment at UMM by completing this form.
Activate your online accounts. Students accepted to UMM should plan to check their maine.edu email account and MaineStreet portal, accessible through the myCampus Portal. You will receive important information at your @maine.edu email account from Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing and other campus offices. Steps on how to activate your accounts is on the Tools Menu on our website. Activation information was emailed to you after you submitted your admission application.
Apply for on-campus housing after you confirm your enrollment. We encourage you to apply and register as soon as possible. You must be logged into your myCampus portal to fill out the housing application.
Apply for your Visa and pay all appropriate fees.
See the Visa section for more information.
Submit your Immunization records. You must provide these records before enrolling in classes. More information is available here.
Make your travel plans and let us know the details of your travel arrangements.
Important update on I-20s: F-1 students and F-2 dependents no longer require to hold original I-20 forms. We will email all I-20’s directly to the students as PDF documents. Upon receipt of the electronically transmitted I-20’s, students must print their I-20 and sign it. A printed I-20 must be presented when applying for a U.S. visa and when traveling to the U.S. The official U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announcement about this policy can be read here.
Pay the Student Exchange and Visitor SEVIS fee at fmjfee.com. Print and save a copy of the receipt and take it to your visa interview appointment. Canadian citizens must pay the SEVIS fee prior to entering the U.S. and should carry the receipt with them.
Once you receive your letter of admission with I-20 form, you need to obtain your visa at the U.S. Embassy or consulate. Make sure the name on the I-20 form matches the name on your passport.
Canadian citizens do not need a visa, but they will need to show the following four documents at the border: a passport; I-20 form (make sure you print and sign it); SEVIS fee payment receipt; and proof of financial support.
You must provide proof of financial support for your studies or program, and living costs at the visa interview and at a U.S. Port of Entry.
When you make your initial entrance in the U.S., your visa stamp and I-20 form must be for the University of Maine at Machias. Transfer students may enter with the visa stamp for the previous school.
After securing a visa, make your travel plans.
You may arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days before the date shown on your I-20 form; however, you should not arrive later than the date listed. You should plan to arrive on:
Tuesday, August 23, between 8 am and 9 pm, local EST time.
Please note that campus housing will not be available if you arrive earlier.
Do not send luggage in advance of your arrival. The university does not have adequate storage.
Place tags or labels on all suitcases and hand luggage, with your name and University address: 116 O’Brien Ave, Machias, Maine, 046454. Phone: 207.255.1200.
Include a copy of the address inside each suitcase in case the tag is lost or destroyed.
If a piece of luggage is lost, immediately file a claim at the airport. Temporary loss of luggage is common, especially when making connecting flights in a short period of time. It is recommended to have enough clothing and personal items packed in carry-on luggage to last for two to three days.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months, with the appropriate visa.
You must carry your printed I-20 form issued by the University of Maine at Machias.
Border control agents will stamp your passport with the date of entry and immigration status: F-1 or J-1. They will also create your electronic I-94 admission document. Be sure to access your I-94 as soon as possible after your arrival online at cbp.gov/I94.
While traveling, carry all important documents, money and bank drafts with you. Guard them carefully. Do not place them in your suitcase.
Carry emergency contact numbers.