Choosing to study in the United States is an important decision that will open up invaluable academic, professional, and personal opportunities for your student. NYU has a support system in place for international students that begins before students arrive for the first day of classes and lasts even after students graduate.

Things for Families to Be Aware of

Before a Student Arrives to the US

Every student needs the right documents to be able to enter the United States as an international student. We have all the details for students preparing to come to the US itemized on our Before You Arrive page, including how to get the right visa, plan their trip, and further resources to help students get settled into life in New York.

Admitted International Student Timeline

Immediately after Your Student is Accepted

Students should learn the process to get the required immigration documents from NYU and how to get an F-1 or J-1 visa to enter the US in student status.

3-4 Months before Your Student Departs

Students should have submitted their application for an I-20 or DS-2019 from NYU. Once they have their I-20 or DS-2019 from NYU students should begin to apply for their student visa with the closest US consulate or embassy. Canadian citizens and certain citizens of Bermuda will not require an F-1 or J-1 visa but will still require an I-20 or DS-2019 from NYU.

1-2 Months before Your Student Departs

Students will begin to receive our Journey to NYU email series. These emails provide students with resources for getting their visa, planning their trip to the US, tips for packing for and living in New York, acclimating to NYU, understanding US healthcare, and more.

When Your Student Departs

Students should review in detail how to plan their trip, including having all the required documentation with them (and not in their checked luggage) so that they can pass through immigration with ease.

Once a Student is in the US

International students are subject to legal requirements for the duration of their academic program to be able to legally remain in the United States. All students must complete the new international student arrival checklist. Learning more about and adhering to US Legal Requirements is key.

OGS provides regular updates to all international students. Once they are sent, they are linked to our Immigration Updates and Events page. Consider bookmarking the page for latest updates and reminder information specific to international students.

After a Student Graduates

Students have a few options to either remain in the United States or depart after graduation. Upon completion of their degree program, F-1 students have 60-days and J-1 students have 30 days to do the following: