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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.

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Confirm Your Enrollment

Once you receive your Form I-20, fill out the enrollment confirmation form to let us know you’re coming to UMaine Machias!

The confirmation deposit is waived for international students. 

Arrival and Orientation


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:

Fall 2023 Semester Arrivals – plan to arrive to Bangor or Orono on Tuesday, August 22, 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 22), and will provide transportation to Machias over the weekend, before classes start.
  • Your travel and arrival plans must be carefully coordinated with UMaine Machias’ 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 23-25 at the University of Maine (Orono campus).   

Fall 2023 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 UMaine Machias general orientation website

Classes begin Monday, August 28, 2023.

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.

Course Registration

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.

Video Tutorials

How to activate your MaineStreet account

MaineStreet basics

How to create a Wish List and enroll in classes

Health Insurance

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, 2023.  Click here to confirm your enrollment in the University of Maine System’s insurance, or to waive out of the insurance plan.

Pre-arrival checklist

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 UMaine Machias by completing this form

Activate your online accounts. Students accepted to UMaine Machias should plan to check their email account and MaineStreet portal, accessible through the myCampus Portal. You will receive important information at your 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.

See the Travel section for more info.

Visa Process

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 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. 

Travel information

Travel plans

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.

Important! Submit your arrival details here.


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. 

Travel documents 

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

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.