Immigration Checklist

The following process describes the steps for students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (Georgetown SCS) to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, transfer their F-1 or J-1 visa from a U.S. institution to Georgetown SCS or change visa status within the United States. 


Receive admission letter.


Complete the online Enrollment Form (linked to from your letter of admission) and indicate that you will be attending for your admitted semester.


Complete the School of Continuing Studies International Student Immigration Questionnaire and collect all additional supporting documentation. You will receive the Immigration Questionnaire in email shortly after you are accepted into a Georgetown SCS program, along with detailed instructions on supporting documents required. 


Email the International Student Immigration Questionnaire to You will receive a link to access the International Student Portal after we receive your completed Immigration Questionnaire. Do not mail the International Student Immigration Questionnaire!


Log-in to your International Student Portal and upload required supporting documents. Click here for instructions!

Passport: Students requesting immigration documents from Georgetown SCS must upload a copy of biographic page of passport.

Program Expenses: Students requesting immigration documents from Georgetown SCS must upload financial documentation to meet the expense estimate for the first year of the program (total duration of program for J-1 students). Please view the Program Expenses for your estimated program costs.

Financial Documentation & Sample Letters: Students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 Form from Georgetown SCS must show financial documentation to support their studies. Below are sample letters:

Letter of support from Relative

Letter from Bank

Letter of support from Relative Form- Fillable Template

Transfer Students: Students curently in F-1 status at other institutions in the US who wish to transfer their status to Georgetown SCS must upload additional transfer documents. 

Georgetown SCS will review your paperwork and email you if additional documentation is needed. 


In order to receive your I-20 or DS-2019 Form, you must register with eShipGlobal. Once you create an account, please create a shipping request to “Receive a Package from Universities”. Select Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies. Use “12345” as your student ID.  To avoid delays in the shipping of your immigration document, please register with eShipGlobal immediately after uploading your documents to the International Student Portal.


Wait 2-3 weeks to receive your immigration document from Georgetown SCS.

Note: You will receive an email with a tracking number once your immigration document has been mailed.


Once you receive your I-20/DS-2019 Form please check the document to make sure the information is correct. Carefully review the enclosed cover letter and follow the visa application instructions if you are required to obtain a visa.

Please keep in mind that admission to an academic program does not guarantee the conferral of visa status. The visa application is a separate required process completed after receipt of the I-20/DS-2019. If you are not able to complete this process by the start of classes, you may defer enrollment until the following semester by contacting your admissions advisor.


Review the incoming student resources listed on the Admitted Students page, including the SCS Housing and Transportation Guide, which includes temporary housing and hotel options.

SCS Financial Aid Webinar — Summer 2017

April 26, 2017 Webinar 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Details