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Forms I-20 and DS-2019

When students or scholars begin their time at UNG, they are issued either a Form I-20 or DS-2019. F visa holders are issued a Form I-20; J visa holders are issued a Form 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. When these forms are updated, old versions should be filed away for safe keeping; Forms I-20 or DS-2019 should never be thrown away as they may be asked for when applying for various future benefits.

Update your I-20

Campus Change

It is important for international students to remember that they must notify their international student/scholar advisor before changing campuses at UNG. If your campus location changes, you must obtain a new I-20.

Prior to obtaining a new I-20, your campus change must be reflected in your Banner account. Please update your Banner account prior to requesting a new I-20. Once your Banner account has been updated, please complete the campus change application in the online portal.

Major Change

It is important to remember that what is in your Banner account should reflect what is on your I-20. If you change majors within Banner, you should also complete the major change application for in the online portal to update your I-20. You have 10 days from when your request to change majors is approved in Banner to obtain your new I-20.

Program Extension

Many students do not complete their program by their anticipated graduation date or program end date. In order to remain in status, if you are not transitioning degrees, you must extend your program prior to the program end date listed on your current I-20.

Extensions will not be given to students that are making less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application, since failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA suggests that the student is not making "Normal Progress" in his/her studies.

In order to extend your program, you will need to complete the program extension application in online portal.

Degree Transfers

F-1 students are admitted to the United States to complete a specific educational program. If a student decides to pursue a subsequent program at the same school, the student must comply with regulations and procedures to remain in status when continuing from one education level to another.

You must complete the process to obtain a new I-20 in order to maintain your F-1 status if you are transferring degrees or completing a degree to begin a new one. You obtain a new I-20 by completing the necessary steps.

  • If you are transitioning from one degree to a higher degree level (for example, from an Associate's degree to a Bachelor's degree), you must obtain a new I-20 before the end of the prior program.
  • If you are transitioning from a Language Training program to a Bachelor's degree program, you must obtain a new I-20 before the end of the initial program completion date. 
  • If you are completing one degree at one level (example: graduating with a Bachelor's degree) and pursuing another degree at a different level (example: Master's degree), you have 60 days from your program completion date to obtain your new I-20. Enrollment in your new program must begin at the start of the next semester.
  • If you are completing degree requirements and beginning a new degree at the same education level (example: dual Bachelor's degrees), you must obtain a new I-20 for your second program within 60 days of your current program completion date.

What are the steps to transition degrees?

    1. Apply for a degree transition by completing the Transition form in Banner Web Student menu > Transition - Change Degree (Level), Major, Minor, and/or Home Campus > follow the prompts). You will receive an email notification from the Registrar if your transition request is approved. Once you have been approved by the Registrar for a transition, you will need to complete the change of education level application in the online portal. You will be required to submit the following documents in your application.
      1. Proof of financial support Proof of financial support can be demonstrated with an original bank statement or letter from the bank. Your advisor cannot accept anything printed from an online bank account. If you have questions about what can be accepted, contact your international student advisor.
      2. Financial Affidavit (The amount of financial support that you will need to prove varies by degree and can be found in the financial affidavit.)

Transfer Out

If you wish to transfer to another institution, you must complete the appropriate steps in order to ensure your SEVIS record is transferred properly.

If you are planning to transfer out, please complete the transfer out application in the online portal.

Early Program Completion

If you will be graduating or returning home sooner than the end date listed on your I-20, it is important for you to update this information with your advisor by completing the Early Completion Request in the online portal.

Please Note: Once your I-20 has been updated with an earlier end date, it cannot be extended.

Replacement Documents

It is important to always keep a copy of your most updated immigration documents. If you need a replacement copy of your I-20, you should complete a request through the online portal. If you need a replacement DS-2019, you should email global@ung.edu or your assigned advisor. 

Update Your DS-2019

Any changes to your DS-2019 should be discussed with your International Student and Scholar Advisor.

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 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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