Working with OISS on I-20 and DS-2019 forms

The Office of International Students and Scholars will provide you with a Form I-20 or DS-2019 to present to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview.

What documents do I need to submit to OISS for an I-20 or DS-2019 form?

In order to be issued a Form I-20/DS-2019, please submit all the documents listed below to the Office of International Students and Scholars:

  • Passport information. Submit a copy of your passport biographical page.
  • Financial documentation. Submit financial documents of a liquid fund showing a minimum of $39,407. The documents must be dated within 12 months prior to application submission and may come from any dependable source, including your personal funds, funds from your family or friends, a graduate assistantship, scholarships, etc. Bank statements should be on bank letterhead.
    For a DS-2019, the minimum amount shown should be enough to cover the duration of studies as set by OISS. For example, if a J-1 student will study for 3 years, they will need to show financial documents to cover $118,221.
  • Financial data form. Only submit this form if your financial documents are from a sponsor, such as a family member, relative, friend, etc.
  • Shipping request form. Complete this form if you would like OISS to mail your documents to you.
  • Transfer verification form. Only submit this form if you are already in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa.

Dependents and I-20 and DS-2019 forms

If you wish to bring your dependents while you study in the United States, they must obtain individual Form I-20s/DS-2019s. To obtain the documents, please submit the following information to the Office of International Students and Scholars:

  • Financial documentation. Provide additional financial documents that show $7,000 of financial support for your spouse and $3,000 for each child.
    For J-2 dependents, the amount should be enough to cover the time it will take the J-1 student to complete their studies as set by OISS. For example, if the J-1 student will study for 3 years, the support should be $21,000 for the spouse and $9,000 for each child.
  • Passport information. Submit a copy of your dependents' passport biographical page(s).
  • Demographic information. Provide the following information about your dependent(s):
    • First and last name
    • Date of birth
    • City and country of birth
    • Relationship to applicant

If your dependents were born in the U.S., they do not need to apply for a visa. They are considered U.S. citizens.

Mailing options for I-20 or DS-2019 immigration documents