Apply for an I-20 or DS-2019
Step 2.1 Complete your I-20 or DS-2019 Application
Fill out the I-20/DS-2019 Application for Newly Admitted Students online. To access the application you will need to have the following:
- Your NYU NetID and user password.
- Make sure you have paid your tuition deposit to the NYU school to which you were admitted. If you have paid the deposit, wait 2 business days and then try to access the application again at that time.
- If you are still unable to access the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your NYU ID number.
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 ready to upload:
- A copy of your NYU admission letter (an electronic version is fine)
- A clear copy of the biographical (photo page) of your passport
- Financial documents that prove you can pay for the estimated expenses at NYU.
Students who should NOT submit this application
Stern MBA Exchanges
Visiting students from NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai
NYU students who will complete their first year outside the US at an NYU Global Site (eg. Global Liberal Studies in NYU Paris, London, or Florence). Please submit your application ~3-4 months before you are preparing for your 2nd year of studies in the US.
Fulbright Student Exchange Visitors
If you have any problems submitting the online request, review our troubleshooting tips.
Have questions about applying for the I-20/DS-2019?
Get tips on successfully applying for an I-20/DS-2019 from NYU. If no live workshop is listed, view a previously recorded Tips on the I-20/DS-2019 Application Process workshop.
To access the recording link above, you must log into Zoom with your NYU ID and password using the SSO option at nyu.zoom.us in the same web browser. You cannot use an external email.
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Receive your I-20/DS-2019.
Once we receive your complete 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 (@nyu.edu) while you’re waiting for your document.
Approximately 2 weeks after submitting a complete application, you should receive your I-20 or DS-2019. You will receive your I-20 or DS-2019 to your NYU email account (@nyu.edu). Upon receiving your document, print and sign it on page 1. This is considered your original I-20 or DS-2019.
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 (@nyu.edu) while you’re waiting for your document.
Approximately 2 weeks after submitting a complete application, you should receive your I-20 or DS-2019. You will receive your I-20 or DS-2019 to your NYU email account (@nyu.edu). Upon receiving your document, print and sign it on page 1. This should be considered the original I-20 or DS-2019.
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.
Citizens of Canada need to have an I-20 or DS-2019 and pay the SEVIS fee, but do not need to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa. Citizens of Canada should refer to the US Embassy and Consulates Information for Canadian students entering the US
Citizens of Bermuda need to have an I-20 or DS-2019 and pay the SEVIS fee. Citizens of Bermuda should refer to the US Consulate General in Bermuda information on Bermudian Student Visa Exemptions. Depending on the type of passport you have, there is a possibility that you need not get an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the US.