IMPORTANT NOTE ON IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS – ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF I-20s AND DS-2019s
All I-20s will be sent as an electronic document per guidance from the Department of Homeland Security Student Exchange Visitor Program SEVP Policy Guidance: Use of Electronic Signatures and Transmission for the Form I-20.
Again, F-1/F-2 I-20s signed and sent as electronic scans can be used for all official purposes, including visa applications, visa renewals, and entry to the U.S. There is no need for the original, physical I-20.
DS-2019s will be sent electronically as a courtesy record per guidance from the Department of State, however scanned DS-2019s cannot be used for visa applications, visa renewals, and entry to the U.S. For visa applications, visa renewals, and entry to the U.S., the original, physical DS-2019 is required. For official documents which require the original, physical document such as DS-2019s, ISSS will need to arrange for you to pick up the documents from ISSS or have them shipped to you following the steps on the Document Shipping Page.
Click on the image of the I-20 to look at a sample I-20 and to better understand each section, including the Personal and Biographical Information, School Information, Program of Study, Financials, and Attestations.
- SEVIS ID
- PERSONAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
- SCHOOL INFORMATION
- PROGRAM OF STUDY & PROGRAM START/END DATE INFORMATION
- SCHOOL AND STUDENT ATTESTATIONS
- EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATIONS/EMPLOYER INFORMATION (PAGE 2 OF I-20)
- TRAVEL ENDORSEMENT SIGNATURES (PAGE 2 OF I-20)
Note: Form I-20 is updated with minor revisions periodically. Your actual I-20 may differ slightly from the sample included, but the main sections should be the same.