International Students, General Information

Following are some key definitions and regulations pertaining to international students. Additional information is provided in the electronic International Student Handbook.

Key Terms for International Students

I-20 A/B: Immigration and Naturalization Form (Certificate of Eligibility) for F-1 Visa

Uses: 

  1. To obtain an F-1 visa from the American Embassy/Consulate in his/her home country
  2. To enter the U.S. for the first time
  3. To re-enter after a short visit outside the U.S.
  4. To transfer to another school
  5. For entry of family
  6. To extend expected graduation date
     

DS2019: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (J-1 Visa)

Uses:

  1. To obtain a J-1 visa from the American Embassy/Consulate in his/her home country
  2. To enter the U.S. for the first time
  3. To extend stay and renew Entry Permit (I-94)
  4. To re-enter after a short visit outside the U.S.
  5. For entry of family
  6. To extend expected graduation date
     

I-94: Arrival/Departure Record

The I-94 is issued electronically upon admission to the U.S. It includes the visa classification and expiration date of the student's authorized stay written when he/she enters the U.S. International students can download the I-94 card from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home.
 

All students should have F-1 (exchange students should have J-1) written as the visa classification.

D/S stands for duration of status, which means the period during which the student is pursuing a full course of study, one year to twenty-nine months for practical training (18 months to three years for J-1 students), and 60 days in which to depart the country (30 days for J-1 students).
 

Passport

A passport is a person’s country’s identification of him or her as a citizen. The passport must remain valid at all times and may not expire. It may be renewed by contacting one's home-country Embassy/Consulate within the U.S.
 

Visa: Stamped Page in Passport

A visa normally is a stamp placed in one's passport by an official of the U.S. (or the country being entered) that permits entry. Unless someone is visa-exempt, he/she must have a valid visa to enter the U.S.; however, unlike a passport, a visa is allowed to expire once in the U.S.