Change of Major or Degree Level

You need a new I-20 from OGS if you have recently changed your academic program by either 1) completing one program or degree and beginning another NYU program (including transitioning from an Associate program directly to a Bachelor's program), or 2) changing campus from/to Washington Square, Brooklyn, LA, and DC.

F-1 students changing majors at the same degree level and at the same campus but still completing their program by the current end date listed on their I-20s, do not need to apply for a new I-20.  OGS will issue you an updated I-20 once the new program information is in Albert (typically 2 months after the start of the semester).  

F-1 students who need more time to finish their new program(s) because of a new major or new additional major (e.g. admitted to a dual degree program,) must apply for a program extension at least 3 weeks before the their current program end date on their I-20s.

F-1 students dropping to a lower degree level must speak with an OGS advisor about this change.

J-1 students sponsored by NYU and changing programs must speak with an OGS advisor once admitted to a new program.

If you are not sure whether to request a new I-20 or not, please consult with an OGS advisor.  

Academic Changes That Require a New I-20

Change of Program

If you completed a program or degree at NYU and are beginning another program.  If your new program is at another NYU campus, apply for a change of program.  This also includes post-completion OPT students who previously completed a program or degree at NYU and will begin another program.  

Internal Transfer

If you will change your campus from/to another NYU campus (Washington Square, Brooklyn, LA, and DC), but are not changing your degree level, OGS will issue you an updated I-20 once the new program information is in Albert (typically 2 months after the start of the semester). No action is required from you now; OGS will send the I-20 to you electronically. Only contact OGS now if you will not complete your program by the current program end date listed on your I-20.

How to apply

You can apply for your new I-20 as soon as you have been admitted to a new program.  The deadline to apply is 30 days before your current I-20 program end date, and you should have your new I-20 before your new program begins. 


Please compile and scan these documents:

  • Your passport photo page
  • Bank statements proving you have sufficient funds to pay for one year at NYU. Find your school’s estimated expenses
  • Your I-94 (if you are currently in the US)
  • Your NYU admission letter if you are applying for a Change of Program I-20


Submit a New I-20 for Academic Change request form below.  Select appropriate request reason.

Once OGS receives your request for a new I-20, it takes 5 business days to process your request. If approved, we email you the details of when and how to get your new I-20 or DS-2019 with the updated program information.