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Steps for Newly Admitted Students

Newly admitted international students will follow these steps:

  1. Admission – Congratulations on your admission! Set up your Northwestern NetID, password, and Email

  2. Tuition deposit – Pay your NU tuition deposit if required by your academic program

  3. Await access to OISS Portal Generally within 2 weeks of paying the NU tuition deposit and setting up NetID & NU email, you will be granted access to the OISS portal. Upon receiving access to the portal, you will receive a system generated email sent to your NU email address. You will then be able to log in to the OISS Portal with your Net ID and password to request an immigration document.

  4. Complete I-20/DS-2019 request – Follow the link in the email to log in to the OISS Portal to complete the questionnaires and upload required documents

  5. I-20/DS-2019 issued – Current processing time is 4 weeks from the time the request is completed and submitted. You will receive an email alerting you when your I-20/DS-2019 has been processed.

  6. Receive immigration document -
    F visa students: Access your Form I-20 via the OISS portal, print, and sign in ink
    J visa students: Receive Form DS-2019 in the mail; sign in ink

  7. Pay SEVIS fee – Go to I-901 Fee website to pay your SEVIS fee

  8. Schedule visa appointment - Canadian students do not need a visa; skip steps 8  -10
    Learn more about scheduling your visa appointment

  9. Visa appointment – Attend visa appointment with required documents

  10. F-1/J-1 visa issued – The US Consulate/Embassy will affix your F-1 or J-1 visa stamp in your passport

  11. Travel to the United States - Review New Student FAQs

  12. Attend orientation and immigration check-in
    Complete the “Student Check-In” request on the OISS Portal within 5 days of arrival to Northwestern.

Important Note:

New students should regularly check their Northwestern email address. All communications from OISS will be sent to the Northwestern email address only.