New F-1 and J-1 Students
Welcome New Students!
We are excited that you plan to join the Georgetown community for the 2015-2016 academic year. Our International Student Questionnaire is available under the "After You Have Been Admitted" link on the left.
If your current passport needs to be renewed, we encourage you to complete the process right away. Make a copy of the passport biographic page for your records
before having it renewed. Your passport should be valid 6 months beyond the end of your Georgetown program. (It should be valid through November 2016 for LL.M. students, November 2017 for 2-year LL.M. students, and November 2018 for JD students, with an additional year for validity for students who intend to stay after graduation for Optional Practical Training or Academic Training.)
If you have questions about the visa process not answered on this website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also set up a phone or Skype appointment by emailing email@example.com. Please do not call the office unless you have set up an appointment.
Obtaining an F-1 or J-1 visa
In order to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa, you will first need to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 from Georgetown. 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.
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