Request I-20 or DS-2019

Congratulations on your acceptance to UCSC!

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, an advisor from ISSS will contact you and provide you with information on next steps. Upon submission of the required paperwork, ISSS will issue your I-20 (F-1 Status) or DS-2019 (J-1 Status) within 10-15 business days. You will need the I-20/DS-2019 to apply for your F-1/J-1 visa stamp at the US Consulate/Embassy. The I-20/DS-2019 will be sent to you to the address provided with your request.

Complete the following steps in order to receive an I-20 or DS-2019:


Visiting Student - Summer Session

This section is ONLY for students coming from a school or university outside the United States. If you are a degree-seeking student coming from another U.S. school or university (e.g. Cabrillo College, another UC), you usually do not need to request an I-20 or DS-2019 from UCSC. Speak with the international student advisor at your institution about your plans, or see our webpage here. If you are a new student admitted for Fall, please see the other sections.

1. Determine which period(s) of Summer Session you will attend.

2. Submit the required documents to UCSC Summer Session by April 15, 2017 (starting in Summer Session 1) or May 15, 2017 (starting in Summer Session 2):

  • Completed Summer Session Registration Form (available starting April 1, closes June 15). You must complete this step first so Summer Session can create a UCSC account for you.
  • Proof of English language proficiency. You must submit official test scores to summer@ucsc.edu that verify that you meet the university's English language proficiency requirements for undergraduates or graduate students.
  • I-20/DS-2019 Request. Submit the request after you submit your Summer Session Registration Form. ISSS cannot issue your I-20 or DS-2019 before you have a UCSC account.

Once you've submitted your request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document and mail it to you in 10-15 days. If you have any questions on this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu.

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Visiting Student - UCEAP Reciprocity

1. Accept your placement with UCEAP. UCEAP will inform UCSC of your participation in the program.

2. UCSC Admissions will process your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) in MyUCSC on your behalf. This will be automatic.

3. Select your college preferences in the MyUCSC portal (http://my.ucsc.edu). You will need your CruzID Gold Password to log in to the portal. Please see this site if you need help creating your Gold Password.

4. Submit I-20/DS-2019 Request through the UCSC Visa Document Request Tool (VDRT). You will receive instructions after UCSC Admissions has processed your SIR in MyUCSC. 

Once you've submitted your request, we will issue the DS-2019 and mail it to you in within 10 business days. If you have any questions on this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu.

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Undergraduate Student - Freshman

1. Explore the Summer Academy: International program! Summer Academy: International is a 6-week program designed to provide you with a strong academic, social, and personal foundation to begin your education at UCSC.

2. Consider joining our International Mentorship ProgramThe International Mentorship Program connects incoming freshmen international students with current UCSC students to ease transitions to the U.S. and help them get involved in the campus community.

3. Decide your start date: Summer Academy or Fall.

4. Accept your offer of admission in the MyUCSC portal (http://my.ucsc.edu). You will need your CruzID Gold Password to log in to the portal. Please see this site if you need help creating your Gold Password.

5. Submit I-20/DS-2019 Request through the UCSC Visa Document Request Tool (VDRT). You will receive further instructions and the URL for the VDRT from istudent@ucsc.edu after you have accepted your offer of admission.

If you are transferring your record from another U.S. school, show this page to your current advisor. Our school does not use a SEVIS Transfer-In Form.

Once you've submitted your request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document and mail it to you in 10-15 days. If you have any questions on this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu. For inquiries related to admissions, transcripts, etc. please email internationaladmissions@ucsc.edu.

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Undergraduate Student - Junior Transfer

1. Accept your offer of admission in the MyUCSC portal (http://my.ucsc.edu). You will need your CruzID Gold Password to log in to the portal. Please see this site if you need help creating your Gold Password.

2. Submit I-20/DS-2019 Request through the UCSC Visa Document Request Tool (VDRT). You will receive further instructions and the URL for the VDRT from istudent@ucsc.edu after you have accepted your offer of admission.

If you are transferring your record from another U.S. school, show this page to your current advisor. Our school does not use a SEVIS Transfer-In Form.

Once you've submitted your request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document and mail it to you in 10-15 days. If you have any questions on this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu. For inquiries related to admissions, transcripts, etc. please email  internationaladmissions@ucsc.edu.

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Graduate Student

1. Consider joining us early for Math Camp or the Graduate Preparation Program! These programs are designed to provide you with a strong academic foundation to begin your education at UCSC.

2. Decide your start date: Math Camp, Grad Prep Program, or Fall.*

3. Formally accept your offer of admission. This process is done through the MyUCSC portal and must be completed by the deadline given in your offer of admission. You will need your CruzID Gold Password to log in to the portal. Please see this site if you need help creating your Gold Password.

4. Submit I-20/DS-2019 Request through the UCSC Visa Document Request Tool (VDRT). You will receive further instructions and the URL for the VDRT from istudent@ucsc.edu after you have accepted your offer of admission.

If you are transferring your record from another U.S. school, show this page to your current advisor. Our school does not use a SEVIS Transfer-In Form.

Once you've submitted your request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document and mail it to you in 10-15 days. If you have any questions on this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu.

*Summer Session 2. Some academic programs encourage graduate students to begin their program during the summer. Please check with your department. On a case-by-case basis, ISSS will issue I-20s/DS-2019s with a Summer Session 2 start date. Note you will need to show additional proof of funding for summer expenses. If you will start in Summer Session 2, you must submit all documentation earlier.

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