International Student Orientation

International students must check in with the Office of Admissions upon arrival on campus. If you come at a time when the office is closed, come the following business day.
Please bring the following items:
  • Passport containing F-1 visa
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure record received at the port of entry
  • I-20
We will copy the documents for your file and give you useful information about the next steps to take to get acclimated to the campus.

Driver’s License
Never drive a car in the United States without a valid driver’s license. It is against the law.
If you plan to drive a motor vehicle while at USW, you may need to obtain a driver’s license. If you do not already hold a driver’s license in another state of the U.S., you may be asked to take a vision, written and possibly a driving exam. If you purchase a car in New Mexico, you will need to register it here and have a New Mexico driver’s license to obtain car insurance, which is mandatory. For more information, please visit the MVD of New Mexico website.

Documents to take to the Motor Vehicle Department
New Mexico state law requires applicants show at least three forms of identification – one must have your photo. These documents should be in English. Recommended documents include:
  • Unexpired passport containing F-1 visa
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure record received at the port of entry
  • I-20

There is a MVD branch close to the USW campus:
Hobbs MVD
4800 Jack Gomez Blvd, Hobbs, NM 88240
(575) 397-9213