Submit a Visa Request

Requesting an I-20 or a DS-2019

 As a full-time incoming international student at Northwestern University, you must request an I-20 or DS-2019 through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services portal.

Incoming students for fall 2019 will be able to schedule Visa appointments 120 days prior to the program start date. Please review the dates in this schedule:

Important dates in the visa process

Program

Program Start date:

Classes begin on

Initial Start date:

First date required on campus

120 days prior to your initial start date:

First date you may apply for a VISA

Undergraduate Student

9/23/2019

9/11/2019

5/14/2019

Graduate Student

9/23/2019

9/5/2019

5/8/2019

Law Student

8/27/2019

8/20/2019

4/22/2019

Kellogg 1Y & MMM Student

6/24/2019

6/24/2019

2/24/2019

Kellogg 2Y MBA Student

9/6/2019

8/23/2019

4/25/2019

Kellogg & Economics PhD Student

9/23/2019

8/26/2019

4/28/2019

Summer Student: CTD

various

various

Around April 1

Exchange Programs

various

various

Around April 1

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services will offer Northwestern University International Orientation (NUIN) in China, India and South Korea in June 2019. You will receive information regarding these sessions directly from the OISS.

The OISS will host Graduate International Student Orientation in early September. This year, International Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled to begin September 5. You will receive additional information from the OISS regarding orientation.

International Undergraduate Student Orientation will begin September 11.

Here is additional information for two special situations:

Required documents

Proof of admission

All admitting departments issue admitted students a letter either virtual (e-mailed) or a hardcopy. You will be required to upload a copy of this letter with your I-20 Request or DS-2019 Request. Exchange programs usually provide you with an invitation letter.

Financial documentation

All new F-1 international students are required to show proof that funds are guaranteed for the first year of study.

All new J-1 international students are required to show proof that funds are guaranteed for the full length of his/her program.

More information on the types of acceptable funds and documentation