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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.

Step 1.1
Receive your admission letter (or electronic version) from NYU.

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.

Step 1.2
Activate your NYU NetID and NYU email. 

  • If you don’t already know your NetID, learn your NYU NetID.
  • If you already know your NetID, go to to activate it.
  • Enter your NetID and click the “Start!” button.

Step 1.3
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.

Next Steps