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Visa Information and Forms

Before students or scholars begin their time at UNG, they will need either a J-1 or F-1 visa. 

What is a F-1 or J-1 Visa?

The J-1 visas are nonimmigrant visas for individuals approved to participate in exchange visitors programs in the United States.

The F-1 visa allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institutions or in a language training program. You must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma, or certificate and you school must be authorized by the U.S. government to accept international students.

Forms I-20 & DS-2019

When students or scholars begin their time at UNG, they are issued either a Form I-20 or DS-2019. These forms are used to apply for nonimmigrant visas, to enter the United States, and to show that status is being maintained. It is crucial that students and scholars keep the information on these forms accurate and up to date. 

  • The I-20 is the Certificate of Eligibility to apply for the F-1 visa
  • The DS-2019 is the Certificate of Eligibility to apply for the J-1 visa.

Mailing Documents

If you are not currently on campus, you may choose to have your documents mailed to you. Unless specifically indicated as part of a partnership agreement, all documents will now be shipped from the Center of Global Engagement (CGE) via eShipGlobal.

Each student, scholar, or intern will be responsible for all costs of shipping and tracking documents through this service. Instructions for using eShipGlobal will be provided to you once the CGE has prepared your documents.

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