Just got accepted to NYU? Congratulations! Follow these steps to learn how to get your F-1 or J-1 visa to enter the US in student status.
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Please note, these directions are meant to help you in completing your application but should not be considered legal advice. The US Department of State ultimately provides the decision on your visa application.
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. You are not eligible for NYU sponsorship if your program of study consists of only online courses. 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 US 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 US 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 US.
Some students in J-1 status are subject to a two-year home-country physical presence requirement which requires you to return to your home country for at least two years at the end of your exchange visitor program. The two-year home residency requirement specifies that an individual who is subject must spend a total of two years in their home country before being eligible for the these visa statuses in the US:
In addition, if you are subject to the two-year home residency requirement, you may not apply to the US government for a change of status to any status (including F, B, or any other status). Instead, individuals who are subject to the requirement may exit the US, apply for a new visa abroad (for any status other than H, L, or lawful permanent resident), and reenter the US in the new status.
Fill out the I-20/DS-2019 Application for Newly Admitted Students online. To access the application you will need to have your NYU ID number. This is the number you received from NYU that starts with "N" and is followed by 8 numbers, for example, N12345678. You will also need your NYUHome/email address password. Review the application checklist information to ensure you have all you need to successfully complete the online application.
In order to complete your application, you will need to have:
If you are coming to NYU for a short-term program, you should instead follow the directions you get from the NYU program admitting you. Examples of these programs include:
*You must be logged into your NYU email account in order to access the application. If you're logged into your NYU account and you still have problems, please:
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!
Once you’ve received your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to pay a SEVIS fee to the US 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 US. Learn more about the SEVIS fee.
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-160 and the application fee. Sign up to attend one of our upcoming webinars on the visa application and interview: what to expect. Register and get more information by clicking the links below.
For any newly admitted international student who is a citizen of one of the banned countries included in the revised March 6 Executive Order, we can issue an I-20 or DS-2019 if and when you apply for a document from our office, but you may have difficulties in applying for a visa during this time. Please contact us if you experience difficulties. If you are currently in the US at another college or university, you will still be able to transfer your SEVIS record to us during this time. Learn more about the Executive Order by clicking the link below.
Once you have your F-1 or J-1 student visa, you can enter the US with your I-20 or DS-2019 and F-1 or J-1 visa. But remember, you can enter the US no more than 30 days before and no later than the beginning date indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019.
Read on to find out what you will need to do to successfully plan your trip to enter the US in F-1 or J-1 status.