International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
555 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
555 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
You will need to obtain the F-1 Student Visa and Immigration Status or the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa and Immigration status in order to study or conduct research in the US. Your dependents will need the F2 or J2 status.
Students and their dependents will need 4 documents in order to enter and live in the U.S. during their temporary stay:
After being accepted to a CUNY College, you will receive the documents listed below from your College’s DSO. You will then need to complete and return the required documents to the DSO. After evaluating your documents, the DSO will issue the I-20 or DS 2019 form needed to obtain the F1 or J1 visa, and US immigration status. Dependents information should be included on the required documents, and is needed for them to obtain the F2/J2 status.
It is also a good idea to carefully review the section on Obtaining Your Visa and Immigration Status.
You will need to take your I-20 or DS 2019 and the SEVIS I-901 receipt. It is also recommended that you take copies of the Welcome Letter and supporting financial documents, including the. Affidavit of Support Form.
Your dependents may go with you to the US Consulate or join you later. The will need to take their I-20 or DS 2019. It is also recommended that they take copies of their husband or wife’s; father’s or mother’s financial sponsorship documentation.
Also be prepared to complete the F/J Visa EVAF-Electronic Visa Application Form, and DS 0157/0158 forms.
First you will need to find out why you or your dependent w ere denied the F/J visa, and then find out when you can reapply. While you are waiting to reapply, e-mail your College DSO for advice.
F-1 students may enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the date indicated on section #5 of the I-20. J-1 students may enter up to 30 days before the starting date on section #3 of the DS-2019.
You must check in with your College ASAP in order to validate your F/J immigration status. Failure to do so may result in loss of your legal immigration status.
You and your dependents should report to your College within 3-4 days of your arrival or by the date listed in the instruction letter that your College’s DSO will send you. You and your dependents will also need to bring your passport (F/J Visa stamp in passport), I-20/DS 2019, and I-94 when you come.
International students holding the F/J visa type are not eligible for Federal or NY State financial aid. However you can inquire at your College to find out if there is any grant, fellowship or scholarship opportunities for international students.
International students are permitted to work outside their colleges with permission from either their International Student Advisor (DSO/RO), or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information see Understanding Employment Options.
Many international banks have branches in the U.S. You should see if your home bank has a branch in New York. Otherwise, you can open an account with an American bank. To open an account, you will need your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 proof of address, and other forms of identification. For more information see Banking.
Contact family, friends, current CUNY students, and international student clubs, your international student office and student life/residence office to help you find a home. Also, see the section on housing for other on-line resources.
US health insurance is a mandatory requirement for J1 students and their J2 dependents. Since health care in the US is very expensive it is highly recommended that F1 and F2 students obtain medical insurance as well. See the section on health insurance for a list of Insurance that provides health insurance to both F/J students.
No. You will not need a Social Security Number to enroll at CUNY College. The University/College will assign you a student identification number. You will need to use this number in order to register for classes and to obtain a student identification card. International students can obtain a Social Security Number for work purposes only (for example, after being granted on or off campus employment).