Obtaining your Immigration Documents

Students Seeking F-1 or J-1 visa status at Virginia Tech

International students who have been accepted into a graduate program in the National Capital Region must supply the following documents before an I-20 or DS-2019 form can be issued so you can apply for F-1 or J-1 visa status.

The following documents should be submitted after you have received admission but before June 1 (fall admission) and November 1 (spring admission):

  • Completed NCR Immigration Information Form
  • Copy of passport ID page (with name and date of birth included)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover educational and living expenses for the first year.
    • Please see our Financial Requirements page for more details on the current required amount of funds and acceptable financial documents.
  • International students currently in F-1 or J-1 visa status in the United States must also submit:
    • Completed Transfer In form. Our school code for the Graduate School in the National Capital Region is:
      • WAS214F01228003 Virginia Tech: Northern Virginia extended campus sites (for F-1 students)
      • P-1-00071 program number (for J-1 students)
    • Copy of current I-20 or DS-2019
    • Copy of your most recent I-94 record of admission

How To Submit Documents

  • (Preferred Method) Upload all documents in Section 4 of the admissions application portal. This is the same portal you used to submit your application for admission.
  • Fax your documents to 703-538-8320.

When to Expect Your Immigration Document

  • After all required documents are received and accepted, an I-20 or DS-2019 form will be issued. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing after you submit all required documents.
  • Learn about your mailing options and let us know how you want us to mail your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Immigration forms for the fall semester are issued and mailed between March and July; forms for the spring semester are issued between October and December. Forms for transfer students who are already in the U.S. may be issued until a week before classes begin.
  • You will receive an email notice from IGSS when the I-20 or DS-2019 form has been issued and shipped or is ready for pick up. The email includes your SEVIS number, our school code, and additional details.
  • Allow three to four months for your visa application and approval process from the date you receive the I-20 or DS-2019 form.