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IMMIGRATION INFORMATION FOR INCOMING UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
The following immigration information is specifically for undergraduate students who wish to enter the U.S. to study at Princeton University in F-1 or J-1 student visa status:
The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form
Students Transferring from another U.S. School to Princeton University
IMPORTANT! Students Currently in the U.S. in F-2 Dependent Status
Students Currently in the U.S. in other Visa Types
Change of Status to F-1
THE I-20 CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY FORM:
Most international students will travel to the U.S. on an F-1 student visa for which you will need an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form. A few students will be issued the DS-2019 Form in order to enter on J-1 student status if their financial sponsor requires the J-1 visa. The I-20/DS-2019 Forms are government documents issued by the Davis IC that indicates you are eligible to apply for an F-1/J-1 student visa.
PLEASE NOTE: To receive an I-20 or DS-2019 Form, you must complete and return the Application for Visa Certificate to the Davis IC with the required documentation as soon as after you accept Princeton's offer for admission.
After the Davis IC receives your completed AVC, we will process and mail your I-20 or DS-2019 Forms to the address you have provided when you signed up for eShipGlobal mail service. After you receive your I-20 / DS-2019 in the mail, you must pay the required SEVIS fee and arrange for an F-1/J-1 visa interview at the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy. If possible, it is best that you apply for a visa in your home country. When we mail the I-20 / DS-2019 Form, we will also send you more detailed instructions about applying for the F-1/ J-1 visa, along with other information to assist you as you prepare for your travels to Princeton.
Canadian citizens are exempt from applying for an F-1 visa stamp in your passport, however, you must complete the Application for Visa Certificate (AVC) to receive an I-20 Form and pay the SEVIS fee which are required in order to enter the U.S. in F-1 status at a U.S. port-of entry.
Canadian landed immigrants must have a Form I-20, pay the SEVIS fee and have an F-1 student visa in your passport in order to enter the U.S.
STUDENTS TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER U.S. SCHOOL TO PRINCETON UNIVERSITY :
In addition to the AVC, you must also complete the F-1/J-1 Student SEVIS Transfer-In Form. PLEASE NOTE: This transfer form is only for students who are currently in the U.S. in F-1 status. You must submit the transfer form to the international student adviser at your current U.S. school and inform them of your intent to transfer to Princeton University. After your current advisor completes portion 2 of the form and assist you with completing portion 1, the form must be submitted to the Davis IC along with other AVC related documents.The advisor must also transfer your SEVIS record electronically to Princeton University after you finish classes at your current U.S. school.
IMPORTANT! STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN THE U.S. IN F-2 DEPENDENT VISA STATUS:
You must apply for and be approved for a change of status to F-1 (from within the U.S.) BEFORE enrolling in courses at Princeton OR you may leave the U.S. and apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country, which may take less time than the change of status from within the U.S. IMPORTANT: F-2 visa holders must NOT register for classes at Princeton until you have received approval for a change of status to F-1 student status or have departed the U.S. and applied for and returned to the U.S. in F-1 status.
STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN THE U.S. IN OTHER VISA TYPES:
Students who wish to study at Princeton with a visa type other than F-1 or J-1 must be sure that their visa allows full-time study at a University and employment authorization (if the student plans to work during studies). PLEASE NOTE: Students in B-1/B-2 or WT/WB Visitors Visa status or F-2 dependent visa status are NOT eligible to study or be employed and must change their status to F-1 BEFORE enrolling in courses.
OBTAINING F-1/J-1 IMMIGRATION STATUS:
If you are currently in the U.S. in another non-immigrant status, you may obtain your F-1 status after you receive the I-20 Form from Princeton University. There are two ways to obtain F-1 status:
- Obtaining F-1 Status by Travel: You will need to apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad, preferably in your home country. After you obtain the visa, you will then enter the U.S. in F-1 visa status.
- Applying for a Change of Status within the U.S.: If you choose not to travel outside the U.S. to obtain an F-1 visa, you will need to apply for a change of status to F-1 by submitting an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) from within the U.S. You may wish to consult with an immigration attorney to assist you with your change of status application.