Passport Verification (PPV) Document Submission System

All new international students and scholars are required to submit copies of their immigration documents to USC Office of International Services using the Passport Verification Document Submission System upon arrival to the United States (U.S.). PPV is a procedure that verifies one's immigration status to ensure that they are eligible to start an academic program/appointment at USC.

New international students/scholars who are currently in the U.S. may complete PPV.

New international students/scholars who are currently outside the U.S. must wait until they arrive in the U.S. to complete PPV.

PPV Instructions:

  • Log in with your USC email address and password
  • Upload all the required documents based on list provided for your visa type
    • File Types: .gif, .jpg, .png, .pdf, .doc, .jpeg, .tiff, .bmp, .docx, .docm
    • File Size: Less than 5MB
  • Submit all documents together at one time
  • Incomplete submissions will not be accepted

The processing time for document review is three business days from submission date.

Note for Degree Students: After approval, OIS will remove the STU60 hold (undergraduate students) or the STU50 hold (graduate students) permitting course registration.

Required Documents by Visa Type

For F-1 students:

  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. F-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

For J-1 students & scholars:

  1. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. J-1 visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Pending Permanent Residency:

  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)

Other non-immigrant visa type (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):

  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 Document
  3. Visa stamp (sample document)