I-20 and DS-2019

I-20/DS-2019 Issuance

After you are admitted to Ohio University, you will need to apply for a student visa (F-1 or J-1), which requires a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019) issued by Ohio University. To obtain your I-20/DS-2019, you must submit a Financial Support Form and the appropriate financial documents to demonstrate that you have adequate funds to cover your estimated school and living expenses for one academic year.

Financial Assistance and the Financial Support Form

If you are awarded financial aid, it will change the amount of funding you need to demonstrate on your Financial Support Form. International tuition scholarships cover the cost of instructional fees (up to 18 credit hours) and the non-resident surcharge for specific quarters.

If you are awarded a Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Assistantship, you may also receive a stipend in addition to the tuition scholarship. The amount of the scholarship and the amount of the stipend will be reflected on your I-20/DS-2019 and decrease the amount of funding you will be required to demonstrate.  The Financial Support Form is required for all international students, even if you have been awarded a tuition scholarship and stipend that fully cover the estimated expenses for the academic year.

Financial Assistance Awarded After I-20 Issuance

In some cases, financial assistance may not be awarded until after Ohio University has issued your I-20/DS-2019. If that happens, contact Susan Spence if your last name begins with A - K, or Traci Fetherolf if your last name begins with L - Z, to request an updated I-20/DS-2019. Updating an I-20/DS-2019 immediately voids your original I-20/DS-2019. Your new I-20/DS-2019 will be AIR MAILED (or you can choose to have it sent via eShip Global), and you will need to take it to the Embassy to obtain your visa.

I-20/DS-2019 Express Mail e-Ship Global Option

If you would prefer your I-20/DS-2019 be shipped by a service that offers quicker delivery, eShipGlobal is a company that allows students to arrange shipments from the Graduate College.  eShip Global works with UPS, FedEx, and DHL. If you decide to use eShip Global, you will be responsible for shipping payment.


  1. Go to study.eshipglobal.com
  2. Click on the “Students/Scholars” tab
  3. Go to bottom of the page and click “Sign Up”
  4. You will be directed to the “Student Registration” page. 
  5. Fill in the mandatory blanks.
  6. You will have to activate the account before using.  An email will be sent to the email address you provided.  Once you receive the email from UEMS, click on the link in the email and you will be activated and ready to use EshipGlobal.


  1. Go to study.eshipglobal.com
  2. Click on “Student/Scholar Log In” (username and password)
  3. From the Welcome screen, click on “Receive documents from your University”
  4. Search for Ohio University
  5. Click “Continue”
  6. “Department Selection” screen is next.  Click on “Graduate College”
  7. Click “Continue”

Shipment Creation

  1. Sender’s Address is pre-populated. Keep the profile default.  Do not change this.
  2. Under “Receiver’s Address,” please enter the address where the document is to be mailed
  3. Leave “Profile (default)” in the Select Receiver’s Address box
  4. Place your PID number in the Student ID box
  5. The student name, address, email, and phone number boxes are already populated
  6. Under “Shipment Information,” select the type of document to be mailed (I-20, EAD card, etc.)
  7. Click “Continue”
  8. Under “Carrier Selection, Cost and Transit Time,” select the service you want and click in the circle 

Payment confirmation

  1. Enter in your payment method and information
  2. Click “Confirm Payment”
  3. Confirmation of payment/receipt screen

I-20/DS-2019 Major

The major listed on the I-20/DS-2019 is based on a selection of programs available on the SEVIS system. The major listed on the admission letter is the actual program you will be enrolled in, and the closest option available on SEVIS, will be listed as your major on the I-20/DS-2019.

I-20/DS-2019 Arrival Date

New international students are required to attend a mandatory orientation before beginning their first quarter at Ohio University. It is very important that you arrive no later than the arrival date indicated on the I-20/DS-2019. Ohio University cannot change the I-20/DS-2019 arrival date to accommodate late arrivals. If a student is granted departmental permission to arrive on another specified date, the student will need to secure a letter from the department as well as the Office of International Student and Faculty Services to accompany their original I-20/DS-2019.

SEVIS Transfer

Students transferring to Ohio University from another U.S. institution must transfer their immigration record. Please supply the following information:

  • Official bank statement issued within the past six months (statement may be yours or your sponsor's bank statement, if applicable).
  • If sponsored, your sponsor must submit a letter including his or her name and address, relationship to the student, and how much the sponsor is providing in support.
  • Copy of current I-20, I-94 and visa.
  • Foreign student advisor report form.