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Obtaining an I-20

What is an I-20 Form

An I-20 form is an official government document which certifies that a person is eligible to be an F-1 non-immigrant student at Hofstra. This form is not automatically generated for non-immigrants. It is created when students are accepted to a full-time program and show that they have enough financial resources to cover the full length of their studies. It is then sent to the student in order to be used to apply for an F-1 visa at a United States Embassy or Consulate in their home country.

Once you have been issued an I-20 form, you should only sign the I-20 for the school that you will be attending in the United States. Signing the I-20 means that you understand all the rules and regulations that you will have to follow once you are in the Unites States. You should read the regulations listed on the back of the I-20 before you sign it.

How to get your I-20 form

Once you are accepted to Hofstra, the Office of Graduate Admission will contact you in regards to processing your I-20. You will be asked to submit documents including an I-20 application, financial statement, and a copy of your passport.  If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another school, you will also be asked to submit an F-1 transfer form, as well as copies of your current I-20 and visa.
I-20 processing typically begins on October 1 for spring semester students and around March 1 for fall semester students, however documents can be submitted at any time.


Chat live with a member of the Graduate International Admission team in an interactive, online information session to have your questions about the I-20 answered. No RSVP is necessary, simply click here during the meeting time and chat in your questions.

Dates/Times: Weekly: Thursdays, 9 – 11 a.m., EST

April: 12, 19, 26

May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Note: Dates after May 31, 2018 have not been scheduled yet.