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Contact:
Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Butler Pavilion, Room 410

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041 United States

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Incoming Students Immigration Process

Are you requesting an F-1 or J-1 visa to study at American University? Please see our choosing between F-1 and J-1 visa page if you need help on deciding what visa to apply for.

If you intend to apply for an F-1 student visa, you will be required by the U.S. consular officer to present the immigration document form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status).

If you intend to apply for a J-1 student visa, you will be required by the U.S. consular officer to present the immigration document form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status).

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Immigration Process for F-1 Students

  1. Complete the application requirements of your admissions office

    You must first be admitted to American University before the admissions office can send a request to ISSS to process the I-20 on your behalf.

    After you are admitted, submit your deposit if required by your admission office. Please refer to the instructions provided in the package you received from your admissions office.
  2. Submit the CFIS Form and Supporting Financial Proof to your Admission Office

    All students are required to submit financial documents to demonstrate the ability to meet financial obligations for the first year of their program of study (including tuition, fees, and living expenses) before American University can issue the immigration document form I-20 needed to apply for an F-1 student visa.

    You must submit a completed Certification of Finances for International Students (CFIS) Form along with supporting official financial proof to your admissions office. For the estimated costs for your program of study, see our Cost Guides. For more information on submitting financial documents and for sample financial documents, see our Financial Documents page.

    If you are transferring to American University from another U.S. institution, please complete the F-1 Immigration Transfer-in Form and send ISSS your U.S. mailing address at isssdocuments@american.edu.

    Once you have submitted these documents, your admissions office will send us a request to process your I-20. For questions on the admission process, please contact your admissions office directly.
  3. Receiving your I-20

    Your I-20 will be issued within 2 weeks from the time the ISSS office receives acceptable documents. Your admissions office will then mail it at the address you provided on your CFIS Form or confirmed with the admissions office.


    You will receive an email communication and a Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students along with your I-20 that will explain your next steps.
  4. Pay the SEVIS Fee

    Before applying for an F-1 visa, all first time visa applicants are required to pay the SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. Please print and save the SEVIS fee payment receipt.
  5. Apply for a Visa

    After you receive your immigration documents and pay the SEVIS fee, you will need to schedule an appointment to apply for your F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. See our Tips for a Successful Visa Interview and Visa Wait Times for more information. 

Immigration Process for J-1 Students

  1. Complete the application requirements of your admissions office

    You must first be admitted to American University before your admissions office can send a request to ISSS to process the DS-2019 on your behalf.

    After you are admitted, submit your deposit if required by your admissions office Please refer to the instructions provided in the package you received from your admissions office.
  2. Submit the CFIS Form and Supporting Financial Proof to your Admission Office

    All students are required to submit financial documents to demonstrate the ability to meet financial obligations for the entire length of their program of study (including tuition, fees, and living expenses) before American University can issue a DS-2019 needed to apply for a J-1 student visa.

    You must submit a completed Certification of Finances for International Students (CFIS) Form along with supporting official financial proof to your admissions office. For the estimated costs for your program of study, see our Cost Guides. For more information on submitting financial documents and for sample financial documents, see our Financial Documents page.

    If you are transferring to American University from another U.S. institution, please complete the J-1 Immigration Transfer-In Form and send ISSS your U.S. mailing address at isssdocuments@american.edu.

    Once you have submitted these documents, your admissions office will send us a request to process your DS-2019. For questions on the admission process, please contact your admissions office directly.
  3. Receiving your DS-2019

    Your DS-2019 will be issued within 2 weeks from the time the ISSS office receives acceptable documents. Your admissions office will then mail it to you at the address you provided on your CFIS Form or confirmed with the admissions office.

    Any issues that arise during the review process may delay the issuance of your immigration documents. If issues do arise, ISSS will contact you through the American University email account and the email you provided at the time of your application. Please contact your admissions office if you would like to change your email address or mailing address for the DS-2019.

    You will receive an email communication and a Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students along with your DS-2019 that will explain your next steps.
  4. Pay the SEVIS Fee

    Before applying for a J-1 visa, all first time visa applicants are required to pay the SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. Please print and save the SEVIS fee payment receipt.
  5. Apply for a Visa

    After you receive your immigration documents, you will need to schedule an appointment to apply for your J-1 visa at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country. See our Tips for a Successful Visa Interview and Visa Wait Times for more information.