What is an I-20?

An I-20 is a U.S. immigration document issued by a university to certify that an F-1 student has met admission requirements and has proof of sufficient financial resources for his/her studies. An I-20 is required to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Newly admitted international students that have paid a deposit should request an I-20. The Office of Global Services (OGS) encourages you to submit your initial I-20 request as soon as possible because the visa process takes time.

Who is an initial student?

New international students coming from outside the U.S. that are seeking F-1 visa status.

How to prepare and submit an online request

After admission, you will be able to submit an electronic I-20 request through myOGS.

1 Required documents for the I-20 request e-form. They must be in digital format of PDF or JPEG

  • Color copy of the identity page of your valid passport
  • Financial documents meeting your program’s expenses:
    • To access the estimated expenses for the Northeastern college of your program, please see “New Student I-20 Request Forms” under the Forms & Guides page and access the appropriate e-form
  • Currency conversion:
    • If you are submitting financial documents that are not in U.S. Dollars, please provide a currency conversion from a currency conversion calculator and upload it to the e-form.
  • Sponsor letter or affidavit of support (only required when your sponsor is a non-blood relative)

2 Accessing the I-20 request e-form.

  • Please see “New Student I-20 Request Forms” under the Forms & Guides page for the e-form to select your Northeastern college
  • You will be prompted to enter your myNortheastern username and password login.
  • The myOGS I-20 request e-form will guide you through the process step-by-step. (Contact OGS with any questions)

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Financial Requirements

Below is an outline of some of the financial documents you will need to request an I-20 for your Northeastern program of study.