Visa Information

Visa Definitions

International students will need approval from the United States government in the form of a Student Visa (F-1/J-1) in order to study in the USA. F-1 Visa is the most frequently-used classification of visa for students. (J-1 visa status is offered to students who plan to enter the U.S. as part of an educational exchange program pursuant to co-operative agreements with universities abroad or whose education is primarily funded by the government or institutional resources.)

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS2019)

The Certificate of Eligibility is issued to an international applicant for the purpose of the Visa application.  The I-20 is issued to students who are applying for the F-1 Visa, and the DS-2019 is issued to students who are applying for the J-1 Visa.

To whom is the Certificate of Eligibility issued?

We will issue Certificates of Eligibility to admitted applicants who have paid the Graduate Tuition Deposit and completed the Declaration of Finances Form.

What to do once you receive the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS2019)

Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, an appointment can be made for the corresponding Visa stamp at the closest U.S. Consulate or Embassy. You will be allowed to enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the beginning date of the academic program, as listed on the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019).  The list of the documents to be carried to the U.S. Consulate can be obtained from local U.S. Consulate website where you have applied for the visa processing. More information is available on the Office of International Students and Scholars' visa page.

Transfer Students

International Applicants transferring from other universities must obtain a transfer form from the Office of International Students and Scholars in order to transfer their SEVIS record. Please contact their office for details.

Visa-related Events

The Graduate Enrollment Management and Admissions Office conducts a number of Visa Coaching Webinars (as well as other events designed to inform and help admitted graduate students) in the months leading up to the new semester. Check the Admitted Student Events page for upcoming event schedules.

In addition, you can download the slides from our last Visa Coaching Webinar event here.

Name Change Letter of Support

In an effort to prepare for potential confusion or concerns on the part of consular officials, we are providing a letter of support regarding the name change of our institution. If a copy was not provided to you with your I-20, feel free to download and print it and bring it to your visa interview appointment.