The University of San Francisco: International Student and Scholar Services
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I-20 & DS-2019 Form

F-1 visa students must posses a valid SEVIS I-20 form from the University of San Francisco.

The I-20 is the form F-1 students use to apply for their F-1 visa and to enter the United States. You must complete your program of study by the end date shown on the form I-20. If you are unable to complete your program by that date, you MUST request a "program extension" through the ISSS office at least 45 days prior to your program end date.

When you arrive on campus for the first time, you must bring your SEVIS I-20 form, passport, visa, and I-94 card to International Student and Scholar Services to "check-in" with our office. We will make photocopies of your documents, check to make sure your documents were processed correctly, and start a student file for you.

When traveling outside the US, if the travel signature on the third page of your I-20 will be expired on the date you plan to re-enter the United States, you will need to have your I-20 signed by the ISSS office before your departure. Travel signatures are valid for six months and must be valid on the day you plan to re-enter the United States. International Student and Scholar Services requires six business days to complete this request.

Please note, your I-20 form is a very important document. It is the record of your current immigration status in the United States. Do not to lose it. If you do lose your I-20, please notify the International Student and Scholar Services office as soon as possible.
DS-2019 Form

J-1 students and scholars must possess a DS-2019 form. This form may be issued by the University of San Francisco or another sponsoring organization (for example, a scholarship organization, U.S. Consulate, etc.). The DS-2019 is the form J-1 students and scholars use to obtain their J visa and enter the United States. You must complete your program by the end date shown on the form DS-2019. If you will be unable to complete your program by that date, you must meet with the International Student Advisor regarding the possibility of a program extension.

When you arrive on campus for the first time, you must bring your DS-2019, passport, visa, and I-94 card to International Student and Scholar Services. Do not lose your DS-2019 form. It is an official immigration document and you should treat this with as much care as you do your passport.

When you travel outside of the United States, you will need to obtain a travel authorization on your DS-2019. This signature must be obtained from the Responsible Officer designated by your sponsoring organization (for example, if your DS-2019 was issued by USF, the International Student Advisor must sign your DS-2019 for travel). International Student and Scholar Services requires six business days to fulfill a travel signature request.