Request I-20/DS-2019

Step 1. What you need before you submit your I-20 or DS-2019 request

  1. UConn NetID and password. (Please contact if you have been admitted to UConn, but have not received your NetID information or have problems with activation.)


Prepare electronic copies (.pdf or .jpg) of the required support documents listed below: 

        2. Copy of passport(s) for you and any  family members who require F-2/J-2 visas.

        3. Completed and signed International Student Financial Declaration Form.

4. Financial support documents to show you can meet estimated costs for first year of program.

5. If you are currently in the U.S.: Copies of your current immigration documents (for example, I-20/DS-2019 if currently in F or J status, or I-94 with status expiration date, if holding  another visa status).

6. If you are in the U.S. with an F/J visa and will transfer your SEVIS record to UConn, complete the SEVIS Transfer Release Form with your current school’s DSO/ARO. You may upload the completed SEVIS Transfer Form with your online I-20/DS-2019 Request OR your current school can send to us directly. UConn will not issue your new Form I-20 until after your current school releases your SEVIS record.

Step 2. Submit the correct I-20 or DS-2019 Request in the ISSS Portal 

Option 1: Request Form for New Students (have never studied at UConn)


Select the record term (Semester/Year) for the semester you will arrive.

Use this form to request an I-20 or DS-2019 if:

  • You are not already an active student at UConn 
  • Former students who have completed a UConn program in the past, and who are no longer on a UConn I-20 should also use this Form.

    Option 2: Request Form for Current or Former Students

    Select the record term (Semester/Year) for the semester you will arrive.

    Use this form to request an I-20 or DS-2019 if:

    • You are a current UConn student and you are finishing one program and will begin another
    • You started your UConn program outside the U.S. and you need an I-20 to attend UConn in-person 
    • You are changing the UConn campus where you study
    • You are already a UConn student and you need an I-20 to change visa status
    • You are returning from a Leave of Absence
    • You have been readmitted to UConn to continue a program that you didn’t finish
    • You are currently on post-completion OPT based on a prior UConn degree, and you will now start a new UConn degree 

    VIDEO: Next Steps for New UConn Students: How to accept admisson and request form I-20/DS-2019

    Helpful Tips

    Graduate students

    Your I-20 or DS-2019 will only be issued after the Graduate School has received all required documents to finalize your admission. Questions? Visit the Graduate School’s International Student FAQ page.

    Graduate Assistants: If your attendance at UConn depends on receipt of a Graduate Assistantship, please wait until you receive a Graduate Assistantship award letter from your academic department before submitting your I-20 request.

    Sponsored Students and Scholars

    If you are an international student, scholar or FLTA coming to UConn with a J-1 visa from a sponsoring institution (e.g. Fulbright, IIE, LASPAU, Amideast, IREX, USAID, etc.) please fill out the Sponsored Student/Scholar Registration form. Completing this form will connect you with our sponsored student/scholar advisor. We will provide you with important information about orientation, pre-arrival resources, and ensure that you stay connected to the programs and services provided by ISSS.

    Not yet admitted to UConn?

    Prospective Bachelor’s students should check here for information on applying to UConn. Prospective Master’s/PhD students should check admission criteria and procedures for both the program you wish to study in, as well as the Graduate School admission procedures.  

    If you are interested in studying English as a Second Language, UCAELI offers an Intensive English Program.

    Prospective research students must be invited by a UConn faculty member to undertake research or an internship at the University. Please visit our webpage for Visiting Scholars to learn more.

    When to apply for the Form I-20/DS-2019

    Exchange Students: Submit your DS-2019 request by June 1 for fall term or by December 1 for spring term.

    If you are already in the U.S. on a visa: I-20/DS-2019 forms issued for change of status purpose must be requested at least 4 months before the semester you wish to begin F-1/J-1 status.  If you will travel abroad to change status, you will be issued a standard I-20/DS-2019 and should request by the deadline below. The deadline to request a change of status I-20 with Fall 19 start date is April 20th.

    All other students: Submit your I-20/DS-2019 request to ISSS at least one month before the semester that you will begin your program.


    How will my I-20 be sent to me?

    At this time, students have the option to receive the I-20 form electronically and self-print, or have the document issued with wet signature and mailed to you. Students pay the shipping costs if we mail the form to you.  Form DS-2019s must still be issued as paper forms, and ISSS will send you information on how to have your document shipped to you, after your Form DS-2019 has been processed.

    Student/Exchange Visitor Applicants Privacy Notice:
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