If you are newly arrived as a Fulbright Foreign Student Grantee,
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARD
WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES!
At the Institute of International Education (IIE), we will do everything we can to help make your Fellowship a rewarding and memorable experience.
To get off to a good start, please take these seven steps right away:
(1) Make sure that you have reported your arrival in the United States to IIE using the online Foreign Fulbright Student Arrival and Address Information Form. In addition, report your arrival to your university or host institution; see Arrival.
(2) Plan to inform IIE immediately of any change in your personal data, such as residence address, mailing address, or telephone number; see Personal Data Update,
NOTE: Prompt reporting of your arrival and changes in personal data is ESSENTIAL to ensure compliance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; see IMPORTANT NOTICE.
(3) Become familiar with this Web site, which IIE has designed as a key resource for you. It should answer most of the questions you may have.Additional information for current grantees may be found at the links below:
(4) Read the Fulbright Foreign Fellows Handbook: Guide to Living and Studying in the United States, an invaluable source of practical information that describes how to open a bank account, obtain a driver’s license, get a Social Security Number, and much more. The Handbook also explains the general Fulbright regulations that govern the conduct of all Fulbright Foreign Student Program grantees in the United States.
(5) Obtain the name of your IIE Regional Contact, who will provide academic and personal assistance to you during your Fellowship.
(6) Investigate the Special Programs for Fulbright Grantees, which have been developed with your needs in mind. Please note that you are expected to attend the Fulbright Gateway Orientation shortly after your arrival.
(7) Apply for a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number—soon, but after you have reported your arrival in the United States; see Social Security Number and Income Taxes.