New F-1 and J-1 Students
Do you need an I-20 or DS-2019?
Complete the International Student Questionnaire and submit your supporting documents. After we receive all of your supporting documents, we will send you a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. You will use the I-20 or DS-2019 apply for a student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Canadian citizens are except from the visa requirement but must still obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 in order to enter the U.S. as a student.
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Which form should I request?
Form I-20 (for F-1 visa/status): Most international students use an I-20 and obtain F-1 status. If you are primarily funded through personal or family funds, you should request an I-20 from Georgetown.
Form DS-2019 (for J-1 visa/status): Some students are eligible for a J-1 status. Students eligible for this type of status include A) Students who are receiving at least 50% of their total program funding from an outside sponsor, such as their home country government, and B) Transnational Programs foreign-exchange students.
More questions? Look at the F-1/J-1 Comparison Chart