Just got accepted to NYU? Congratulations! If you are presently in the United States in a nonimmigrant status (such as H-4, A-1, or L-2 status), you may be able to study in your current status. Find out if you can study at NYU under your current status.
You may, however, want or need to change to F-1 or J-1 student status in order to pursue your degree at NYU. If you do decide you want to change your status, follow these steps.
Decide how you will change to F-1 or J-1 student status. There are two ways to obtain F-1 or J-1 student status:
Submit a change of status application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the U.S. and do not travel outside of the U.S. again until your change of status application has been approved. This option can take around three months to be approved.
Each way has its own advantages and disadvantages; depending on your situation, we may recommend one way over the other as the better option. Please speak to us regarding your individual situation if you’re unsure which option is better for you.
To be eligible for NYU sponsorship of F-1 or J-1 student status, you need to be accepted to a full-time academic program at NYU and have an official admission notice from NYU along with an NYU University ID number. If you are not yet admitted to NYU and have questions about how to apply, please visit NYU Admissions.
In order to study at NYU, you will need to obtain a student status for the U.S. NYU sponsors international students for either F-1 or J-1 student status. Read about your options below and decide which status works best for you.
F-1 status is the most common type of status used to study in the United States. F-1 status is for full-time academic and language students who are pursuing a degree or certificate. If you decide on F-1 status, you will need to apply for an I-20.
If you plan to bring your spouse with you, he or she will need to obtain a F-2 dependent I-20 from NYU. F-2 dependents may not work in the U.S. and may not enroll in school.
In order to be a J-1 student at NYU, at least half of your funding must come from a source other than personal or family funds. If you decide on J-1 status, you will need to apply for a DS-2019.
If you plan to bring your spouse with you, he or she will need to get a J-2 dependent DS-2019 from NYU. Please note that J-2 dependents may apply for work permission and may study in the U.S.
The I-20/DS-2019 Application is interactive and fillable online.
Once we receive your application we will start working on your I-20 or DS-2019. We’ll email you if your application is missing anything so make sure to check your NYU email while you’re waiting for your document.
Approximately 2 weeks after submitting a complete application, you will receive your I-20 or DS-2019. Be sure to read all of the material we send you, as we will be sending you other important information you need to know!
You can also check the status of your application.
Once you’ve received your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to pay a SEVIS Fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In order to pay, complete the Form I-901 along with the payment via mail or the Internet (dependents in F-2 or J-2 status are not required to pay the fee).The SEVIS fee must be paid at least 3 business days prior to a visa interview or the filing of the change of status application in the U.S. Learn more about the SEVIS fee.
Please note that applying for a change of status in the U.S. leads only to a change in your immigration status. You will not obtain a new entry visa by this method. If you receive a change of status, you must still obtain a new visa the next time you travel outside of the United States, if you wish to re-enter as an F-1 or J-1 student. Remember, getting approval for a change to F-1 or J-1 status is not a guarantee that you will get an F-1 or J-1 visa when you apply at an embassy or consulate outside of the U.S.
Use your I-20 or DS-2019 issued by NYU to apply for your visa. Review these NAFSA tips on applying for a student visa, then apply for a student visa from a United States consulate in your country of citizenship or country of permanent residence. The application process includes a short interview in English, the application form DS-156 or I-60 and the application fee.
You can now begin your studies with your I-20 or DS-2019. If you plan to travel outside of the U.S. before you begin your program at NYU you can re-enter the U.S. with your new transfer I-20 from NYU
Read this Arrival Checklist to find out what you will need to do to successfully begin your program at NYU as an international student.
If you are currently in the U.S. in B-1 or B-1 status there is higher risk that your change of status to F-1 or J-1 application will not be approved. Please review this checklist carefully, paying special attention to the sample letter attached to the checklist.
If any of these things apply to you, you can only change your status by using the travel option; you cannot apply for a change of status within the U.S.: