Why you need an I-20

Form I-20 is a visa eligibility document issued by Northeastern University to certify that an eligible international student has met the admission requirements for a full-time program of study and has demonstrated sufficient financial support for his/her studies in the USA. This visa eligibility document is needed to apply for a nonimmigrant student visa at a USA Embassy or USA Consulate to obtain F-1 status within the USA.

Depending on what school at Northeastern University you are attending, how you fill out your I-20 form could vary. The instructions below cover who is I-20 eligible, what documents they need to fill out their I-20, and what to expect from the process as a whole.

I-20 form instructions

Please go to Forms and Guides page and select the college you have been accepted into and follow the instructions in order to receive your I-20.

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Pre-arrival for J-1 Students

Your DS-2019 form is the document you need to apply for a visa to enter the USA. We will walk you through the DS-2019 application process and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

J-1 Scholar Arrival

Understanding J-1 status. Maintaining J-1 status. Attending a J-1 orientation session. We know you may feel overwhelmed with the number of obligations you have to meet as a J-1 student. Relax. The Office of Global Services remains committed to helping you at every step.

Settling in at NU

You are about to embark on a journey of lifelong learning. But before you do, use the checklist the Global Student Mentors created to help you pack and get ready for the incredible learning experience you are about to begin at Northeastern.