Prepare Your Documents
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.
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 or you need to obtain a copy of your admission letter, please visit NYU admissions.
If you are an undergraduate student and need to access your admission letter, you can do so through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions portal.
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Decide if you will apply for F-1 or J-1 status.
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.
What is F-1?
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 and/or children with you, they will need to obtain F-2 dependent I-20s from NYU. F-2 spouses may not work in the US and may not enroll in school full-time.
What is J-1?
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 (e.g. government, other university, or other organization). If you decide on J-1 status, you will need to apply for a DS-2019.
If you plan to bring your spouse and/or children with you, they will need to get J-2 dependent DS-2019s from NYU. Please note that J-2 spouses may apply for work permission and may study in the US. Please note that J-2 work authorization should not be for the funding of the J-1's education. Dependents should accompany their J-1s when traveling in and out of the US.
212(e) Home Residency Requirement
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:
- Any H status (including H-1B or H-4)
- Any L status (including L-1 or L-2)
- U.S. lawful permanent residence
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.
DS-2019s are issued based on cumulative funding. We will issue your document based on each full year of funding you show. For students who can show only one year's worth of funding, we will issue a DS-2019 to cover one year. For each subsequent year, a student must show additional funding to extend their program end date.
Be federal law, J-1 students must have adequate health insurance for both themselves and their dependents.
Minimum insurance requirements:
- medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
- payment for repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
- payment for medical evacuation to home country in the amount of $50,000
- a deductible not to exceed $500 per illness or accident
J-1s have a special type of employment authorization called Academic Training which is for both paid and unpaid work off-campus.
Prepare your documents for your application.
You will need to have ready your admission letter and passport biographical page. Additionally, you will need financial documents that prove you can pay for the estimated expenses at NYU. To see the amount of money you will need to show for one year of your academic program visit this estimated expenses page. You must be able to pay for your tuition, fees, health insurance, and living expenses while at NYU.
- You need to show proof that you can pay for the first year’s expenses. If your academic program is for less than a year, then provide proof that you can pay for all expenses for the duration of your program.
The kinds of financial documentation we accept at the OGS include:
- Personal funds: a bank statement dated within the last six months.
- A Personal loan: a pre-approval letter confirming amount for which the loan is approved. A loan application is not sufficient.
- An individual sponsor: the OGS Financial Support Agreement plus a bank statement and/or letter from employer confirming annual salary and sponsor's position. We will apply up to 1/3 of your sponsor's yearly salary toward your funding.
- If you will be staying somewhere where you will receive free room and board: you need to provide a letter from who you are staying with indicating the amount of support they will provide for you and the duration of time you will stay with them. Include your sponsor's utility bill, deed or rental agreement. The value of room and board is estimated to be $21,062 per year.
- An organizational sponsor: A copy of an award letter from a sponsoring organization specifying the amount of the award, its duration, and the terms of renewal, or NYU funding: a copy of an NYU award letter for an NYU scholarship, assistantship, or fellowship.