Request I-20 or DS-2019

Congratulations on your acceptance to UC Santa Cruz!

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, 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 15-20 business days; please allow additional time for shipping of documents. 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 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.

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


Visiting Student - Summer Session (SEVIS Transfer Only)

** For the 2020 Summer Session we will only issue I-20s for students who are currently in the U.S. and would like to transfer their SEVIS record to UC Santa Cruz. **

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:
  • Completed Summer Session Registration Form. 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. Complete your I-20/DS-2019 Request through iGlobal. [Not applicable to Summer 2020].  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 15-20 days. If you have any questions about 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 iGlobal. 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 within 15-20 business days. If you have any questions on this process, 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.

  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. Decide your start date: Summer Edge or Fall. First Year Edge is a 5-week summer program designed to provide you with a strong academic, social, and personal foundation to begin your education at UCSC.

Note: If you are transferring your SEVIS record to UCSC from another school, and you are in the US, and you plan to attend Summer Edge remotely, then 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. 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. 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

  2. Consider joining our Global Mentorship Program. The International Mentorship Program connects incoming international students with current UCSC students to ease transitions to the U.S. and help them get involved in the campus community. You can sign up to participate in the Global Mentorship Program via your iGlobal Pre-Arrival checklist.

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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. please refer to the admission website: https://admissions.sa.ucsc.edu/inquiry/

  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. Decide your start date: Summer Edge or Fall. Transfer Edge is a 5-week summer program designed to provide you with a strong academic, social, and personal foundation to begin your education at UCSC.

Note: Note: If you are transferring your SEVIS record to UCSC from another school, and you are in the US, and you plan to attend Summer Edge remotely, then 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 our website.

4. Consider joining our Global Mentorship Program. The International Mentorship Program connects incoming international students with current UCSC students to ease transitions to the U.S. and help them get involved in the campus community. You can 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 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 gradadm@ucsc.edu.

  1. Accept your offer of admission by responding in Slate. 
  2. Determine your start date: Most students start in the Fall quarter. Alternatively, Math Camp, Grad Prep Program, or early departmental starts may affect your program start date.  

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 transferring your SEVIS record to UCSC from another school, and 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 transferring your SEVIS record to UCSC from another school, 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. If you have not received an invitation to iGlobal within 20 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 our website.

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