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Transfer to NYU

Just got accepted to NYU? Congratulations! If you are already in the US as an F-1 or J-1 student at another institution, you must transfer your immigration sponsorship NYU. Follow these steps to learn how.


Step 1

Receive your admission letter (or electronic version) from NYU.

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.


Step 2

Activate your NYU NetID and NYU Email.

  • If you don’t already know your NetID, learn your NYU NetID.
  • If you already know your NetID, go to to activate it.
  • Enter your NetID and click the “Start!” button.


Step 3

Are you a F-1 or J-1 Student?

F-1 Students Only:
Complete an F-1 Transfer Form.

You must have your current international student advisor complete an F-1 Student Transfer Release Form. Once the form is completed by both you and your current international student advisor you will want to include this completed form in your I-20 Application (see step 4).

J-1 Students Only:
Discuss your eligibility to transfer to NYU’s sponsorship with your current program sponsor.


Step 4

Complete your I-20 or DS-2019 Application.

Fill out the I-20/DS-2019 Application for Newly Admitted Students online. 

  • Complete it online, print it, sign it, then scan it.
Click here to get your application


  • A signed copy of your completed I-20/DS-2019 Application
  • A copy of your NYU admission letter (an electronic version is fine)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • Financial documents that prove you can pay for the estimated expenses at NYU. To see the amount of money you will need to show for one year of your academic program visit this estimated expenses page. You must be able to pay for your tuition, fees, health insurance, and living expenses while at NYU.
  • You need to show proof that you can pay for the first year’s expenses. If your academic program is for less than a year, then provide proof that you can pay for all expenses for the duration of your program.
  • The kinds of financial documentation we accept at the OGS include:
    • Personal funds: a bank statement dated within the last six months.
    • A personal loan: a pre-approval letter confirming amount for which the loan is approved. A loan application is not sufficient.
    • An individual sponsor: the OGS Affidavit of Support plus a bank statement and/or letter from employer confirming annual salary and sponsor's position. (The sponsor's annual salary should be at least 3 times the amount of money they are providing to the student).
    • If you will be staying somewhere where you will receive free room and board: you need to provide a letter from who you are staying with indicating the amount of support they will provide for you and the duration of time you will stay with them. The value of room and board is estimated to be $10,000 per year.
    • An organizational sponsor: a copy of an award letter from a sponsoring organization specifying the amount of the award, its duration, and the terms of renewal, or NYU funding: a copy of an NYU award letter for an NYU scholarship, assistantship, or fellowship.
  • For F-1 students, a completed F-1 Transfer Release Form and a copy of your current I-20
  • Your I-94 record
  • If you are transferring to NYU after OPT, a copy of your EAD card.


Step 5

Send your complete application to in one file as a PDF.

In the subject line, type “I-20 Application” or “DS-2019 Application” (whichever you are applying for) and include your full name and NYU University ID number.

Email files must not exceed 10MB and should not be scanned over 300 dpi.
Keep a photocopy of your I-20/DS-2019 Application and all attached documents for your records. Keep a set of original financial documents to bring to your visa interview.
If you are in the US in F-1 or J-1 status, include a copy of your I-94 information and your current I-20 or DS-2019.


Step 6

Receive your I-20/DS-2019.

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!


Step 7

Learn More About Arriving at NYU.

Once your SEVIS record is transferred, you begin your studies at NYU. If you plan to travel outside of the US before you begin your program at NYU you can reenter the US with your new transfer I-20 from NYU.

Review what to do when you arrive to find out what you will need to do to successfully begin your program at NYU as an international student.

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