Prepare for Your Entry to the U.S.

All incoming students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must have the appropriate student immigration status to study in the U.S.  The most common student immigration statuses are F-1 or J-1.

To obtain student status, follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Submit the VIDOF with Required Documents and Obtain your Form I-20/DS-2019 

Step 2: Pay the SEVIS Fee

Step 3: Schedule & Prepare for Your Visa Interview


Students Coming from a U.S. School:  Students transferring their SEVIS Record from another U.S. institution to Brandeis University are required to submit a VIDOF, a copy of their valid passport, and should review the SEVIS Transfer-In for F-1 Visa Holders information.  

Students in Other Visa Statuses:  Students who hold an immigration status other than F-1/J-1, are required to submit a VIDOF, a copy of their valid passport, and must contact the ISSO for further guidance.

Students Coming with Dependents: Students who are coming with their dependents (spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 years) should review the dependents information on the Overview of Student Visa Categories page. If you plan to invite your dependents to join you at a later date, please review our Dependents page.