Travel Option versus Non-Travel Option
In order to obtain either F-1 or J-1 status, you must have been admitted to a full-time course of study at NYU and have sufficient financial resources to meet your program's tuition, fees, and living expenses. You must have also have received a Form I-20 (for F-1 students) from the OGS, or a Form DS-2019 (for J-1 students) from the OGS or another sponsoring J-1 Exchange Visitor Program documenting your eligibility to pursue a full-time course of study at NYU. Learn how to apply for an I-20/DS-2019 if you have already been admitted to an NYU program of study and have an NYU netID.
(A) Travel Option:
Obtain Your F-1 or J-1 status
(B) Non-Travel Option:
1. Apply for an I-20 or DS-2019 with the OGS:
Review and follow how to apply for an I-20/DS-2019 if you have already been admitted to an NYU program of study and have an NYU netID.
2. Pay the SEVIS fee once you have your I-20 or DS-2019
3. Apply for a change of status to the USCIS. The application should include:
- a check or money order made payable to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (or USCIS) in the amount of $290
- a completed USCIS Form I-539
- a photocopy of your I-20 for F-1 students or DS-2019 for J-1 students
- photocopies of your passport identification page, I-94 card, and visa
- a photocopy of your admission letter from NYU
- photocopies of your financial documents showing that you have sufficient financial resources to meet the tuition, living expense, and fees for your program
- evidence that you have maintained lawful status while in the United States prior to submitting your application for change of status, and that you submitted your application in a timely manner (prior to the expiration of your current status)
- Receipt of I-901 SEVIS fee payment
Prepare all of the above materials and review your application with an OGS adivsor. Once the OGS advisor confirms your application is complete, you then mail it to the USCIS as indicated on the I-539 application form. USCIS will adjudicate your application typically within 1-3 months after receiving it. It is not unusual for USCIS to contact applicants with requests for more information prior to making a final decision. Once USCIS completes adjudication of your application you will receive written confirmation of their decision.
Please note that the non-travel option 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. Learn more about re-entering the U.S. once you have F-1 or J-1 status.