Visas & Immigration Documents

We work closely with non-U.S. citizen students to ensure the proper completion of all immigration paperwork. All incoming international students that are eligible for immigration support through SCS must complete an International Student Immigration Questionnaire. This completed form and all supporting documentation should be submitted to SCS before any non-U.S. citizen begins his or her studies.

Please note that admission into an academic program does not guarantee conferral of a visa through SCS, and only full-time students formally admitted to degree programs within SCS are eligible for visa consideration. Full-time status for graduate students is defined as 9 credit hours in fall/spring semesters and 6 credit hours in summer.

The following process describes the steps for students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies 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 SCS, or change visa status within the United States.

  1. Receive your letter of admission

  2. Submit your enrollment form

    Indicate that you will be attending SCS for your admitted semester by following the link in your letter of admission.

  3. Complete the International Student Immigration Questionnaire

    You will receive the International Student Immigration Questionnaire in an email shortly after you receive your letter of admission, along with detailed instructions on any supporting documents required. Email the completed questionnaire to You will receive a link to access the International Student Portal after we receive your completed questionnaire. Do not mail the International Student Immigration Questionnaire.

  4. Upload documents to the International Student Portal

    For step-by-step instructions on how to access the International Student Portal and upload documents, please review our International Student Portal instructions.

    Passport: Students requesting immigration documents from SCS must upload a copy of the biographical page of their passport.

    Program Expenses: Students requesting immigration documents from 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 SCS must show financial documentation to support their studies. Below are sample letters and a fillable template:

    Transfer Students: Students currently in F-1 status at other institutions in the U.S. who wish to transfer their status to SCS must upload additional transfer documents.

  5. Register with eShipGlobal

    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 documentation, please register with eShipGlobal immediately after uploading your documents to the International Student Portal.

  6. Wait for your immigration documentation

    It will take 2–3 weeks for your immigration documentation to arrive. You will receive an email with a tracking number once your document has been mailed.

  7. Verify I-20/DS-2019 information

    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.

  8. Review incoming student resources

    Visit our Resources for New Students page and review the SCS Housing and Transportation Guide, which includes temporary housing and hotel options.