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. As such, we also advise students to start this process early to avoid time constraints as visa appointments are outside the scope of OGS.
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.
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 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. Keep in mind 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.
By federal law, J-1 students must have adequate health insurance for both themselves and their dependents.
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.
A copy of your official NYU Admission Letter (an electronic version is fine).
- You will need financial documents that prove you can pay for your estimated expenses at NYU, including tuition and fees, living expenses, and health insurance.
- You will need to show proof that you can pay for the first year’s expenses. If your academic program is less than a year, then you will need to provide proof that you can pay for all expenses for the duration of your program.
- Financial documents must be in English and be no older than 6 months. All funding must be liquid.
- To see the amount of money you will need to show for one year of your academic program along with the types of documents OGS can accept, visit this estimated expenses page.
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 start.nyu.edu to activate it.
- Enter your NetID and click the “Start!” button.