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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.

Visa Appointment Wait Time

Please note: Your admission letter from the Ohio University Graduate College indicates your program of study at Ohio University. The name of the program listed on your I-20 may be different, as the SEVIS system uses a set of codes for a variety of majors. This may not be an exact match to the major program listed on your letter of admission. 

Financial Assistance and the Financial Support Form

If you are awarded a graduate appointment, 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 terms.

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.

If you are awarded a tuition scholarship and stipend that fully cover the estimated expenses for the academic year, you will not be required to submit a Financial Support Form.

However, if your tuition scholarship and stipend amount is less than this amount, you will be required to provide the Financial Support Form and appropriate financial documentation to demonstrate that you have adequate funds to cover the remaining expenses.

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 eShip Global Option

If you would prefer your I-20/DS-2019 be shipped by a service that offers quicker delivery, eShip Global 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. 
  7. Click on “Graduate College.” NOTE: You must select "GRADUATE COLLEGE" or you will NOT receive your I-20.
  8. 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 term 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 issue a new I-20/DS-2019 date to accommodate late arrivals.

LATE ARRIVALS (within the first week of classes ONLY)

Under extenuating circumstances, a late arrival may be available. The the student will need to obtain approval from the Graduate Chair of the Academic Department. The Department will then need to contact the Graduate College. The Graduate College will send a letter to the student confirming the late arrival.

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.
  • SEVIS Transfer-In Request Form