Requesting a Visa Document [I-20/DS-2019]
If you are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident, or otherwise hold visa status that allows you to study in the U.S., then you must request that UCI issue you an I-20 Form for an F-1 Visa, or a DS-2019 for a J-1 Visa. Want to know the difference between an F-1 and J-1 student visa? Click Here. See below for clear instructions for undergraduate and graduate students.
As an admitted student to UC Irvine, you will need to complete a Confidential Financial Statement [CFS]. You will be asked if you will need a F-1/J-1 student visa when completing this form. Log in to MyAdmissionsApplication@UCI for complete requirements.
Welcome newly admitted international graduate student! As a new international graduate student, you must complete the New Graduate Student Request—Student 2015-2016 packet. This packet is the first step toward requesting your new visa document (I-20/DS-2019) from UC Irvine. The IC will not accept forms from previous years.
Once you complete the New Graduate Student Request, you must provide your entire packet (including additional requested items) to your academic department. Once your academic department receives your completed packet, they will then add additional information to your packet. Once your department has complied the request packet, they will send the combined packet to the IC. Once the IC receives your packet from your department—and verifies that it is complete—the processing time will then be 3 weeks. Due to high volume of requests, the IC is unable to expedite individual requests.
In compliance with student privacy protection, the IC will only provide information regarding your visa document requests to you directly. In other words, the IC cannot provide information regarding your document process to your friends or family members.
Turning in an incomplete packet, requesting changes to a submitted packet, or failing to provide requested documentation, will further delay the processing of your request. Failing to pay for mailing, or making adjustments to your delivery method, will further delay the processing of your request. Please also take into consideration any public holidays (in the U.S. and in your home country) which may affect your processing time.