New F-1 and J-1 Students
Welcome New Students!
We are excited that you plan to join the Georgetown community for the 2017-2018 academic year. Do you need an F-1 or J-1 student visa? Complete the International Student Questionnaire and submit your supporting documents. After we receive your documents, we will send you an I-20 or DS-2019. You can use the I-20 or DS-2019 apply for a student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
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Differences Between F-1 and J-1 Status
Most Georgetown students use the Form I-20 to obtain an F-1 visa. Students who are receiving at least 50% of their total program funding from an outside sponsor, such as their home country government, are eligible for a DS-2019 from Georgetown. Transnational Programs foreign-exchange students are also eligible for a DS-2019. For more information, view the F-1/J-1 Comparison Chart
The I-20, or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status, allows you to apply for an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Study in the States has more information about the I-20 here.
The DS-2019, or Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, allows you to apply for the J-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. More information about the DS-2019 is available from the Exchange Visitor Program here.