All Kellogg (1 and 2 year MBA, EMBA, and MMM) students should direct completed I-20/DS-2019 Request Forms and questions to Adam Blough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All NU Law students should submit I-20/DS-2019 and original documents via post to Charlene Ruell. Please refer to instructions on the admitted student site for details.
All admitting departments issue admitted students a letter either virtual (e-mailed) or a hardcopy. Please include an electronic copy of this letter with your I-20/DS-2019 Request.
All new international students are required to show proof that funds are guaranteed for the first year of study. Please ensure that adequate funding will continue to be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years. You may be asked to show proof of this at your visa interview. This proof can come from several different sources (personal, family, university, business, etc.); however, you must be sure to have supporting documents for each of the sources of funding.
Below are the requirements for each type of documentation. Keep in mind that although you are not required to submit original documents to Northwestern, you may be required to show ORIGINAL financial documents at your visa appointment, at the port of entry, or to USCIS if you are submitting a COS application.
Any combination of Funds is acceptable, as long as you demonstrate you can cover the full cost of the program.
Family or Friend Funds: (both bank statement(s) and Sponsor Statement of Support(s) are REQUIRED for proof of Family/Friend Funds)
Northwestern University Funds:
Other Institutional Support (Employer, Government, etc.):
Required Documentation Guidelines
Bank Statement Guidelines:
Bank Letter Guidelines:
An F-1 or J-1 student may bring their spouse and children to the U.S. as F-2 or J-2 dependents, respectively. Please indicate the additional dependent expenses on the I-20/DS-2019 Request Form (at least $6,300 for a spouse, and $4,350 per child) and include the Supplemental Dependent Request.
While the IO does not require it to process the I-20/DS-2019, you are required to bring either marriage certificate and/or birth certificate(s) with a certified English translation with you to the visa appointment.
For additional information, please review the Family and Dependents section of our website.
Change of Status
An individual who is in the U.S. in another visa category and wishes to change their status to either F-1 or J-1 should review our Change of Status page here.
An F-1 or J-1 student who is in the U.S. at another institution and wishes to transfer their SEVIS status to Northwestern should review our Transferring to NU page here.
Please scan and save these documents in one file labeled with your full name. For example, "FAMILY NAME, First Name".
All students should submit the I-20/DS-2019 Request Form and supplemental documents directly to the International Office via email at email@example.com unless you are a student at either Kellogg School of Management or Northwestern Law (see below for instructions).
Incomplete applications will be sent back for correction. Processing of application will only begin when the application is COMPLETE.Kellogg School of Management
All Kellogg (1 and 2 year MBA, EMBA, and MMM) students should submit I-20/DS-2019 Request Form directly to Adam Blough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All Law students should submit I-20/DS-2019 Request Form directly to Charlene Ruell
Your admitting department will pick it up from the IO and mail it to you directly. Please provide your admitting office with an address where this document can safely reach you.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) acts as the bridge for varied government organizations that have an interest in information on foreign students. SEVP uses web-based technology, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents throughout the duration of approved participation within the U.S. education system.
Once you obtain the I-20 or DS-2019 you must pay the SEVIS fee.
Once the SEVIS fee has been paid, you will apply for a U.S. visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the U.S. Information pertaining to visa appointments can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website. Application guidelines and materials vary by country; check the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be applying for the visa stamp to obtain the visa application and determine the specific requirements. Please do not make your visa appointment until you have obtained your I-20 or DS-2019 from NU.
The following items are required in support of your application for an F-1 or J-1 visa:
An international student who plans to enter the U.S. in either F-1 or J-1 status may not arrive in the U.S. until 30-days prior to the program start-date listed on either Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. Please plan accordingly.
U.S. immigration regulation states all F-1 and J-1 visitors attending Northwestern must "check-in" at the IO within five days of arrival. A registration hold has been placed on all incoming international students. This registration hold prohibits a student from enrolling in classes until he/she has been to the IO. When checking-in at the IO, please bring photocopies of the following documents:
In addition to photocopies, all students are required to complete the International Student Check-In Form. Please print and complete this form before you come to the International Office for check-in.
International students are required to provide a U.S. address. At Northwestern, this information will be gathered upon Check-In at the IO. An updated U.S. address is also required in CAESAR, NU's student portal system.
For a handout summarizing these steps, click here!