The information contained on this page is for general information purposes only. Due to frequent government updates, NYU OGS may make additions, deletions, or modifications to the contents on this page at any time without prior notice.

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.

You must be accurate and truthful in your application. Be aware that any information you withhold from your application, or inaccurate information you accidentally or intentionally include in your application, could result in a visa denial. This information also includes your social media presence.

Step 3.1
Apply for and receive an F-1 or J-1 student visa.


You can also watch our YouTube video on Getting a Visa to Study at NYU to see an overview of the process.

Use your I-20 or DS-2019 issued by NYU to apply for your visa. 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.

We encourage you to read the Department of State information on visa denials, and tips on how to apply for a visa.

Here is further information on how to make a visa appointment. We also recommend for you to check on visa wait times in the city you plan to apply. 

Sign up to attend one of our upcoming webinars on the visa application and interview. Register and get more information by clicking the links below.

Upcoming Information Sessions:
Previously Recorded Information Session:
  • The information presented in our previously recorded Student Visa Application and Interview: What to Expect session was accurate on the date that the webinar was recorded (09/18/2020) and is subject to change.
  • To access the recording, you must log in with your NYU ID and password using SSO ( You cannot use an external email.
  • The recording will be available until the end of the Fall 2020 semester (12/21/2020).

Due to the COVID-19 situation the US Department of State suspended routine visa services in March 2020. On July 14 they began a phased resumption of routine visa services. We recommend you continue to review the website of the consulate or embassy you intend to apply for your US visa at to be aware of any further updates in their services. Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. To find the website of the consulate or embassy nearest you, review this listing of websites of US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions.

Scheduled Your Visa Appointment Successfully?

Despite the US Department of State public announcement of suspending visa services, we have received sporadic updates from students who have reported success in scheduling a student visa interview. Because the US Department of State has not provided a centralized resource on the status of individual consulates, the Office of Global Services has been compiling information so that we can continue to track worldwide consulate trends on student visas. We ask that you provide us with information on your visa appointment if you have thus far been able to successfully schedule a visa interview at a US Consulate. If you haven’t yet been able to schedule a visa interview, please submit your visa appointment information to us as soon as you are able to schedule your visa interview.

For any newly admitted international student who is a citizen of Iran, Syria, or North Korea, we can issue an I-20 or DS-2019 if and when you apply for a document from our office, but you will have difficulties in applying for a visa during this time. Please contact us if you are a citizen of one of these countries. 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.

Step 3.2
Contact OGS immediately if your visa is delayed or denied.

If you are told that your visa is going through administrative processing or your visa is refused/denied, refer immediately to our information on visa delays and denials.

Step 3.3
Learn more about entering the US.

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.