Admitted F-1 and J-1 Students

The instructions on this website do not apply to the English Language Center, Law Center, or School of Continuing Studies.

Students who will hold F-1 or J-1 status in the United States while studying at Georgetown must complete the immigration document request process. The Office of Global Services (OGS) will issue a Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 (or J-1) Student Status, which we refer to as your ‘immigration document’. This immigration document is required for admission to the United States in F-1 or J-1 status and serves as the basis of the student visa application at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

  • Form I-20 is the F-1 immigration document.
  • Form DS-2019 is the J-1 immigration document.
  • The final deadline to complete the immigration document request process is 30 days before the program-specific mandatory arrival date (PDF). However, OGS recommends submitting all requirements as soon as possible to allow maximum time for the U.S. visa process. OGS processing times vary throughout the admissions cycle and increase as the start of the semester approaches. Please carefully follow all instructions to avoid delays.
  • The current OGS processing time is four weeks after the correct submission of all requirements.

Students who will transfer their active F-1 or J-1 status to Georgetown from another school must complete this same request process, even if they do not need a new visa.

Most Georgetown international students use F-1 status. Use this F-1/J-1 Comparison Chart (PDF) to understand the special J-1 Exchange Visitor requirements, restrictions, and benefits.

Students who receive a Form DS-2019 from a non-Georgetown sponsor (e.g. Fulbright, IIE, AMIDEAST, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, etc.) must report their information to the J-1 Report as an International Student Form.

Students with a non-student status (anything other than F-1 or J-1) do not have OGS reporting requirements.