Your New I-20 or DS-2019 from NDSU

After Admission to NDSU

In addition to submitting an Application for Admission and being admitted to NDSU, most international student applicants (those in F-1 or J-1 student status) must also submit evidence of financial support to study at NDSU. 

The process may vary for undergraduate versus graduate level students, but below is a summary of the steps a new student must follow to obtain a new immigration document.

Step 1. Know your Program Cost

Visit our Cost Information page to find out the following information:
  1. Minimum amount of finances needed?  View the Estimate of Expenses, for international undergraduates or graduates
  2. What type of documents do you accept? Review the Financial Documentation Guidelines to understand what types of financial documentation are acceptable for issuance of your F-1 or J-1 immigration document.
  3. How much is tuition at NDSU? View the link to NDSU's tuition/fees website.

Step 2. Complete all Necessary Forms

Type of StudentForm NameWhere is this form located?
ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SEEKING AN I-20 OR DS-2019Complete the Financial Responsibility StatementForms page
Are you a SEVIS Transfer  Student?

SEVIS Transfer-In Eligibility Form

NOTE: To be completed ONLY by students transferring their I-20/DS-2019 from another SEVIS school within the U.S.

Forms page
Graduate Students onlyGraduate Immigration Checklist "Intake Form"A link to this form will be sent to you within about a day of confirming your enrollment with the Graduate School.


Step 3. Submit Financial Documentation

Type of StudentProcess for submitting financial documentation
New UndergraduateSee our international undergraduate admission FAQ 
New Graduate StudentYou will receive instructions from the international student advisor assigned to your case, as part of the "Graduate Immigration Checklist" process.

Step 4. Receive your Document

F-1 and J-1 Students

We will email a signed copy of your I-20 (or DS-2019) to your email address as listed in SEVIS. Print this out, and sign it yourself. You can then use it as your original for your visa appointment or for travel purposes. An electronically signed and transmitted I-20 can be utilized and there is no requirement for us to mail the hardcopy to you.

Are you a SEVIS Transfer Student?

Are you a SEVIS transfer student? Please follow our instructions to begin the process to request a SEVIS transfer from your current institution. After that process is complete, we will mail you a copy of your new NDSU I-20.

Step 5. Apply for your F-1/J-1 Student Visa

Important Reminders for all F-1/J-1 Students
  • All students seeking initial entry into the United States on a student visa must apply for their visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
  • You must also pay the I-901 SEVIS fee at You must carry receipt of this to your visa appointment.
  • If you need your SEVIS ID and the NDSU School Code (for I-20s) / NDSU Program Number (for DS-2019s), it is printed directly on the immigration document we provided to you.
Canadian Citizens

If you are a Canadian citizen, you are not required to apply for an F-1 visa stamp before entering the U.S., but the I-20 is still required, and you must also pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and carry proof with you upon your entry.


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