Request I-20 or DS-2019

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, ISSS will contact you and provide 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 15-20 business days; please allow additional time for shipping of documents. You will need your I-20/DS-2019 to apply for an F-1/J-1 visa stamp at the US Consulate/Embassy. The I-20/DS-2019 will be sent to you at the address provided with your request.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently issuing electronic I-20s that you will receive through your iGlobal. DS-2019s will be mailed out to students.

Click an option below to view the process for receiving an I-20 or DS-2019:


Visiting Student - Summer Session (SEVIS Transfer Only)

For the 2021 Summer Session we will not be issuing I20s as all courses are remote.

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Visiting Student - UCEAP Reciprocity

Steps

  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. This will be automatic.
  3. Select your college preferences in the MyUCSC portal (http://my.ucsc.edu). Log into the portal with your CruzID Gold Password. See this site if you need help.
  4. Submit I-20/DS-2019 Request through iGlobal. You will receive instructions after UCSC Admissions has processed your SIR in MyUCSC. 

Once you've completed the process, ISSS will issue and mail the DS-2019 to you within 15-20 business days. If you have any questions, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu.

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Undergraduate Student - Frosh

Once you've submitted your document request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document and mail it to you in 15-20 business days. If you have any questions about this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu. For inquiries related to admissions, transcripts, etc. please email internationaladmissions@ucsc.edu.

Steps

  1. Accept your offer of admission in the MyUCSC portal (http://my.ucsc.edu). Log into the portal with your CruzID Gold Password. See this site if you need help.
  2. Decide your start date: Summer Edge or Fall.

Note: If you are a SEVIS transfer, you are in the US, and you plan to attend Summer Edge remotely, ISSS will issue you an I-20 with a Summer Edge start date. If you are a SEVIS Transfer and not currently within the U.S., ISSS will issue you a fall start I-20. If you are not transferring your SEVIS record to UCSC, then ISSS will issue you an “initial” I-20 with a fall 2021 start date, even if you attend Summer Edge remotely.

  1. Check your UCSC email address for an invitation to create your iGlobal account. Once you log into iGlobal, look for the “pre-arrival checklist” and complete all the required steps. This is where you will upload all required documents to create your I-20 or DS-2019. 
  2. Consider joining our Global Mentorship Program to connect with current UCSC students, ease the transition to the U.S., and get involved in the campus community. Sign up to participate in the Global Mentorship Program via your iGlobal Pre-Arrival checklist.

Once you've submitted your document request, ISSS will issue and mail the appropriate document to you in 15-20 business days. If you have any questions, contact istudent@ucsc.edu. For inquiries related to admissions, transcripts, etc., contact internationaladmissions@ucsc.edu.

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Undergraduate Student - Junior Transfer

Once you've submitted your document request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document and mail it to you in 15-20 business days. If you have any questions about this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu. For inquiries related to admissions, transcripts, etc. refer to the admission website.

Steps

  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 the CruizID site for help creating your Gold Password.
  2. Decide your start date: Summer Edge or fall.

Note: If you are a SEVIS Transfer, you are in the US, and you plan to attend Summer Edge remotely, ISSS will issue you an I-20 with a Summer Edge start date.  If you are a SEVIS Transfer and not currently within the US we will issue you a Fall start I-20.

  1. Check your UCSC email address for an invitation to create your iGlobal account. Once you log into iGlobal, look for the “pre-arrival checklist” and complete all the required steps. This is where you will upload all required documents ISSS needs to create your I-20 or DS-2019. If you have not received an invitation to iGlobal within 10 business days of accepting your offer of admission, please contact ISSS at iStudent@ucsc.edu.

If you are transferring your record from another U.S. school, please refer to the transfer page on the ISSS website.

4. Consider joining our Global Mentorship Program to connect with current UCSC students, ease the transition to the U.S., get involved in the campus community. Sign up to participate in the Global Mentorship Program via your iGlobal Pre-Arrival checklist.

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Graduate Student

Once you've submitted your document request, ISSS will issue the appropriate document to you in 15-20 business days. If you have any questions about this process, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu. For inquiries related to admissions, transcripts, etc. please email gradadm@ucsc.edu.

Steps

  1. Accept your offer of admission by responding in Slate. 
  2. Determine your start date: Most students start in fall quarter. Note: Math Camp, Grad Prep Program, or early departmental starts may affect your program start date.
  3. Consider joining us early for the Graduate Preparation Program (GPP). This program is designed to provide you with a strong academic foundation to begin your education at UCSC.

Note: If you are a SEVIS Transfer, you are in the US, and you plan to attend Graduate Preparation Program remotely, then ISSS will issue you an I-20 with a GPP start date.  If you are a SEVIS Transfer and not currently within the US we will issue you a Fall start I-20.  If you are not a SEVIS Transfer, you will be issued a Fall start I-20.

Summer Session 2. Some academic programs encourage/require graduate students to begin their program during the summer. Please check with your department for your required start date. On a case-by-case basis, ISSS will issue I-20s/DS-2019s with a Summer Session 2 start date. 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 by May 20.

Students who will accept a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) or Teaching Assistant (TA) position for Summer Session will need to also be enrolled in 5 credits during the Summer.

Note: If you are a SEVIS transfer, and you plan to attend Summer remotely, then ISSS will issue you an I-20 with a Summer start date. If you are not transferring your SEVIS record to UCSC, then ISSS will issue you an “initial” I-20 with a Fall 2020 start date, even if you attend Summer Edge remotely.

  1. Check your UCSC email address for an invitation to create your iGlobal account. Once you log into iGlobal, look for the “pre-arrival checklist” and complete all the required steps. This is where you will upload all required documents ISSS needs to create your I-20 or DS-2019. ISSS will be in contact in late April/Early May to start the issuing of I-20s, please wait to receive an email from us detailing the next steps.

If you are transferring your record from another U.S. school, please refer to the transfer page on our website.

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