Step 1: Submit the VIDOF and Required Documents
In order to be issued a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, international students should submit the VIDOF (Visa Information/Declaration of Finances) form and required supporting documents to the appropriate admissions office. VIDOFs are submitted electronically.
The purpose of the VIDOF form is to assist the admissions office and the ISSO in collecting information necessary to issue a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility.
All incoming students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must be issued either a Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa stamp or Form DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa stamp at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the United States. The F-1 or J-1 visa stamp will allow an international student to apply for entry in F-1 or J-1 student visa status at the U.S. Port-of-Entry.