New I-20/DS-2019 for Returning or Change of Status Students

This Eform is for students who are requesting an initial I-20 to resume or begin a program at UAlbany. Please note that this form is for current/former UAlbany students only; if you have recently been admitted to a new degree program at the University please contact Undergraduate Admissions ([email protected]) or Graduate Admissions ([email protected]) for your I-20.

The reasons for submitting this form include:
  • You are a readmitted undergraduate student returning to UAlbany
  • You are a graduate student returning to UAlbany after a leave of absence
  • You are a current UAlbany student requesting a change of status to F-1/J-1
  • You are a current UAlbany student requesting to add a spouse/child as a dependent (F-2 or J-2)
  • You are transferring your I-20/DS-2019 to UAlbany to resume a program or change your program sponsorship to UAlbany
  • You are a current undergraduate student who is in a combined BA/MA program and are requesting a new I-20 for the master’s level component of your program.

 If your situation does not fit any of the above, see if the reason you're seeking the I-20/DS-2019 is included under the Request for Update and Travel Signature I-20/DS-2019 EForm, or contact [email protected] for clarification.  Please review the instructions below based on the reason you're applying before completing the EForm.

Undergraduate Readmission Students

Please review the steps below before completing the EForm:

  1. Be readmitted to the University: If you are an undergraduate student, contact Undergraduate Education and apply for readmission. There is a fee for this as well as strict deadlines. Information can be found on their website: https://www.albany.edu/undergraduateeducation/readmission.php
  2. Apply for a New I-20/DS-2019: Once you're readmitted, you can submit the I-20/DS-2019 Request EForm, including:
    • Uploading financial documentation to cover the correct category of one year of tuition, fees and living expenses. The cost chart is available here. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required.
    • Your Readmission letter from Undergraduate Education
    • Transfer information if you're currently studying at another SEVP certified school in the U.S
  3. If you are currently studying at another institution in the U.S. or have been away from UAlbany for less than 5 months, please stop here and contact an ISSS advisor before proceeding. If you will be returning to UAlbany using a new SEVIS ID number, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee for the new SEVIS ID number (pay at https:www.fmjfee.com).
  4. Apply for a New F-1 or J-1 Visa- If your US entry visa in your passport is expired you will need a new visa. In general, students applying for a new visa are required to have: passport valid for at least 6 months into the future; new I-20/DS-2019; proof of I-901 fee payment; documentation of past I-20s/DS-2019s and visa; transcript; official letter of readmission from Undergraduate Education; proof of finances; proof of ties to home country
  5. Check in with ISSS- When you return to UAlbany, please check in with the ISSS office by submitting a New Student Arrival Reporting Eform. Remember that you cannot enter the United States more than 30 days before your program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

 

Graduate Students Returning From a Leave of Absence

  1. Obtain Permission from Academic Department(s) to Return: PhD students returning from an approved Leave of Absence should contact The Graduate School ([email protected]) and your academic department about your return from a leave. If you are a master's student please contact your department to determine whether or not your program is still active. As part of the I-20 request process ISSS requests that you upload the email from your department approving your return.
  2. Apply for a New I-20/DS-2019: Once you're readmitted, you can submit the I-20/DS-2019 Request EForm, including:
    • Uploading financial documentation to cover the correct category of one year of tuition, fees and living expenses. The cost chart is available here. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required.
    • Transfer information if you're currently studying at another SEVP certified school in the U.S.
  3.  If you are currently studying at another institution in the U.S. or have been away from UAlbany for less than 5 months, please stop here and contact an ISSS advisor before proceeding. If you will be returning on a new SEVIS ID, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee for the new SEVIS ID number (pay at https:www.fmjfee.com) prior to applying for a new F-1 visa, if required. This fee must be paid prior to applying for a new F-1 visa and/or returning to the U.S.
  4. Apply for a New F-1 or J-1 Visa- If your US entry visa in your passport is expired you will need a new visa.  In general, students renewing a visa are required to have: passport valid for at least 6 months into the future; new I-20/DS-2019; proof of I-901 fee payment; documentation of past I-20s/DS-2019s and visa; transcript; official letter of readmission from Undergraduate Education; proof of finances; proof of ties to home country.
  5. Check in with ISSS- When you return to UAlbany, please check in with the ISSS office by submitting a New Student Arrival Reporting EForm. Remember that you cannot enter the United States more than 30 days before your program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

 

Current Students Requesting a Change of Status to F-1 or J-1

  1. Review our Change of Status overview webpage, here. Change of status requests can be very complicated so you should speak to an ISSS advisor before proceeding. Depending on your case the ISSS advisor may also advise you to seek legal advice from an immigration attorney.
  2. You will be asked to upload financial documentation to cover the correct category of one year of tuition, fees and living expenses. The cost chart is available here. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required.
  3. Please note that once you are in F-1 or J-1 status you will not be eligible for in-state tuition, and will be charged a SEVIS fee for each term registered.

 

 

Current Students Requesting a Dependent I-20 or DS-2019

Students may request a F-2 I-20 or J-2 DS-2019 for their spouse or their child(ren) under the age of 21. You will be asked to upload a scan of the spouse and/or child(ren)'s passport pages. For each dependent requested you are expected to show proof of finances of $4,000 USD. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required.
The F-2/J-2's status will be entirely dependent on the F-1/J-1 maintaining status. Once you obtain a F-2 I-20 or J-2 DS-2019, you can move forward with scheduling a F-2 or J-2 visa appointment for your spouse and/or child(ren).

 

Current UAlbany Students Transferring SEVIS Record to UAlbany

If you are a current UAlbany student who is a sponsored student (i.e. Fulbright student, LASPAU student, etc...) and would like to transfer your SEVIS sponsorship to UAlbany, you should complete this form.

You must talk with the DSO/RO at your current school/organization and ask them to transfer your SEVIS number to UAlbany. They can transfer it as follows:

  • I-20s can be transferred to University at Albany, State Univ. of NY, Campus Code BUF214F10162000
  • DS-2019s can be transferred to University at Albany, State University of New York, Program Number P-1-04843

You will be asked to upload financial documentation to cover the correct category of one year of tuition, fees and living expenses. The cost chart is available here. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required.

 

Undergraduates in Combined BA/MA Program

This option is only intended for undergraduate students who are already admitted to a combined BA/MA program. Undergraduate students who have been admitted to a new master's or PhD program should contact Graduate Admissions at [email protected] for a new I-20.

You should apply for a new I-20 reflecting the graduate level study once you will be entering a semester for which the majority of your coursework will be graduate level (500+ level coursework).

You will be asked to upload financial documentation to cover the correct category of one year of tuition, fees and living expenses. The cost chart is available here. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required.

 

New I-20/DS-2019 for Returning or Change of Status Students EForm

Now that you have reviewed and understand all of the above information, you may submit a Request for I-20/DS-2019 After Readmission or Leave of Absence EForm:

  1. Click here to go to the AccessISSS online system. If you are trying to access this page from off-campus, you may first need to establish a secure connection by logging in to the UAlbany VPN (secure network) here with your NetID and password.
  2. Click the "Login" button under the International Student & Scholar AccessISSS Log-In header. To see a screenshot, click here.
  3.  Enter your NetID (ex: AA123456) and password.
  4. On the left-hand panel, click "Student Services." To see a screenshot, click here.
  5.  Select the "New I-20/DS-2019 for Returning or Change of Status Students" from the list of forms. To see a screenshot, click here.
  6. Complete the Eform. If you need to return to the form later, click "Save Draft."  You can then find the draft again later under the “Requests” tab on your AccessISSS profile homepage (for a screenshot, click here). If you are done and ready to submit the form for ISSS review, click "Submit." To see a screenshot, click here.
  7.  This form will ask you to upload supporting documents. If you need assistance, please review the File Upload Instructions webpage
  8.  All updates regarding your form processing will be communicated over email. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.

 

Disclaimer:
The information contained in this web site/form is provided as a service to international students, faculty and staff at the University at Albany. It does not constitute legal advice. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site or form. Neither the University at Albany nor ISSS is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. Nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel; students may wish to consult an immigration attorney on the specifics of their case as needed.