U.S. Visa Information for Newly Admitted Students
Congratulations on your admission to Cornell. Our website provides useful information to help you navigate the U.S. immigration system and enroll at Cornell. We look forward to meeting you once you arrive on campus!
In order to come to the U.S. in a student immigration status, you will need to go through the steps outlined below.
Each admissions office has slightly different procedures and forms. Your admissions office will provide details about how you can provide proof. If you plan to bring your spouse or children with you for your degree program, be sure to tell the admissions office.
Once you have shown proof of financial support, your admissions office will send you an I-20 or DS-2019 form. You will need that form to apply for the student visa stamp at a U.S. consulate (unless you are a Canadian citizen). If you are already in the U.S. in F1 status, read this information on how to transfer your current F1 record to Cornell.
Most international students at Cornell are given F1 status. If you want to request J1 student status from Cornell, you must have more than half of your funding coming from a sponsor other than yourself or your family members. If you want to explore J1 student status, you must request more information from your program's admissions office or the Office of Global Learning.
Find the details on applying for a U.S. visa stamp here. Please note the if you are a Canadian citizen, you do not have to apply for and obtain a visa stamp in your passport. At the port of entry, you can simply show your Canadian passport and I-20 /DS-2019 to request F1/J1 student immigration status to attend Cornell University. If you are already in the U.S. in another visa status, like H1B, you may want to change your visa status within the U.S.