We've created this index to provide students with a listing of highlights and further resources on topics covered in both parts of the Office of Global Services New International Student Orientation.

Immigration Documents


Your I-20 or DS-2019 must be accurate and unexpired. If anything is incorrect or you need to update anything, contact OGS.

I-94 Record

Every time you travel outside the United States, print out your new I-94 record after you return to ensure you entered the US in F-1 or J-1 status. Learn more about how to get your I-94.


Your passport should be valid at least six months into the future at all times. Contact the agency responsible for issuing passports for your home country to learn more about how to get or renew a passport.


Your visa must be valid if you need to reenter the US. Learn more about renewing your visa.

International Student Requirements

Learn more about your legal requirements in the United States as an international student. Below we list what we covered in our required US Immigration Requirements training for all newly admitted NYU international students:

  1. Report your arrival to NYU.
    • Complete the official NYU arrival form online
    • You will need to have copies (PDF or JPG) of these documents available to complete the form:
      • Passport
      • F-1 or J-1 visa (except for citizens of Canada or Bermuda)
      • I-94 record
      • I-20 or DS-2019
      • Your dependent's documents (if you have a spouse and/or children with you in the US as F-2 or J-2 dependents)
  2. Keep your immigration documents (passport, I-20/DS-2019, I-94 record) valid at all times. Remember, your visa can expire while you are in the United States, but you must renew your student visa before you reenter the US from an international trip if it will no longer be valid at the time of your reentry.
  3. Enroll full-time every fall and spring semester by the deadline to add or drop classes. The deadline to add or drop classes can be found on the NYU Academic Calendar. If you think you need to be enrolled in anything less than a full-time course load, get OGS permission to register for a reduced course load before your registration is finalized.
  4. Keep a US address and phone number in Albert at all times. Here are the instructions on how to update your US address and how to update your US phone number.
  5. Have health insurance. Learn more about the NYU student health insurance. Students who maintain alternate coverage that meets the University’s minimum health insurance criteria may waive the NYU-sponsored student health insurance plan. Visit the Student Health Center website for further information.
  6. Provide the NYU Student Health Center with records of your immunizations. Learn more about your health requirements.
  7. Don’t start work without permission. Learn more about employment and tax in the United States.
  8. Obey all laws during your stay in the US. Learn more about US laws and international students. Be aware of the effect an arrest could have on your immigration status.
  9. Avoid receiving government funding or benefits. Our public charge information covers more details about government funding and benefits to avoid and the associated risks.
  10. Carry all required documents with you when traveling and reentering the US. Review our travel and visitors page for a full listing of the documents you need to have with you.

Resources Available at the Office of Global Services

Remember to consult OGS on all immigration matters. We are your first source for any immigration-related concern.


Find detailed, step-by-step guidance on how to apply for employment authorization, what documents you need to carry with you to travel and more. Most questions international students have can be answered by checking OGS pages of the NYU website.

Contact Us Form/Email

If you have a question, contact us. We’ll respond to you as soon as possible.

Advising Appointments

During our advising appointments you can meet with an OGS advisor to discuss any question you may have. Updated hours are always posted on our Contact Us page, so be sure to check for holiday closings, seasonal hours, or any other changes.

Programs and Events

Our programs include workshops and webinars on visas and employment. We also organize outings and host workshops that promote cross-cultural understanding to create connections and friendships across campus. Learn more about OGS programs and events.

OGS Emails/Newsletter

As an international student you will automatically be added to our newsletter list. We also post the newsletter to our immigration updates page. You’ll receive this newsletter in your NYU email account every week. It gives you immigration reminders and information on programs of interest to international students.

To stay current on any immigration information and updates, ensure you are receiving our emails. In some instances, your email browser will automatically put our email in your “promotions” folder instead of your inbox. Learn how to configure your email so that you don’t miss one of our messages.