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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. As such, we also advise students to start this process early to avoid time constraints as visa appointments are outside the scope of OGS.

Step 1.1
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 participating in full time, in-person academic programs for either F-1 or J-1 student status. Read about your options below and decide which status works best for you.

Step 1.2
Prepare your documents for your application.

Step 1.3
Set up access to the Application for the I-20/DS-2019.

  • Your NetID is a combination of your initials and a few random numbers, e.g., aqe123, and is usually printed on the back of your NYUCard. It is different from your University ID, which is also printed on your NYUCard, but is a longer string of numbers and starts with an "N".
  • 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.

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