Getting My Emory I-20

Getting your Emory issued I-20 (eligibility document for F-1 students) is an important step for all incoming F-1 students. Read on to learn how to request an Emory University I-20 if you are outside the US, currently at another US academic institution, or are in a different visa status. Be sure to check out our I-20 FAQ for more information!

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Requesting an Emory I-20

After you have formally accepted an offer of admission (through paying a deposit or other formal means) and the university information system (OPUS) has been updated to indicate your intent to enroll, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in to ISSS Link, Emory’s international student and scholar web-based portal, and submit the New Student I-20 Request e-form. For more information, visit our I-20 FAQ page

F-1 Transfer Students

Transferring to Emory  

If you are currently attending another US institution in F-1 status, your current institution will need to transfer your SEVIS immigration record to Emory after determining whether you are eligible for a SEVIS transfer.

Emory's SEVIS school code is ATL214F00135000 for all students at both the Atlanta and Oxford campuses.

Procedure

  1. Contact your international student advisor at your current institution to discuss transferring to Emory and to determine an appropriate “SEVIS release date” (the date your SEVIS record will be transferred to Emory). 
    1. Emory does not have a required "Transfer Clearance" form for DSOs at the transfer-out school to complete.
    2. Emory will only accept transfers of SEVIS records in Active SEVIS status. Students with an inactive SEVIS record must request an Initial status I-20.
  2. Complete Emory’s I-20 Request

    Please complete the “New Student I-20 Request” e-form in ISSS Link. The information in this e-form will be used to arrange the transfer of your SEVIS record to Emory and to create a transfer-pending I-20. 

  3. After your SEVIS record is released to Emory, Emory will issue your transfer-pending Form I-20. This is the document you should present when traveling abroad. Do not enter the US using an I-20 from your previous institution.  

  
Selecting your SEVIS release date:
 

Graduating F-1s 

If you are graduating from your previous institution and beginning a new program at Emory or finishing a period of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), you need to have your SEVIS record transferred to Emory within 60 days of completing your current program or OPT. This 60-day period is your grace period. 

F-1 Transfer Timeline

 

Transferring while on or finishing OPT or STEM OPT 

You can request that your current international student advisor initiates the transfer of your SEVIS record to Emory while working on post-completion OPT or STEM OPT, or within the 60-day grace period after your post-completion OPT or STEM OPT end date.  

However, please keep in mind, once your SEVIS release date has passed, your OPT authorization will automatically end, even if the end date on your EAD card is in the future.  It is important that you confirm your last day of employment before deciding your SEVIS release date. If you are unsure about timing, please contact your current institution's international student advisor for assistance. 

Mid-program Transfers 

If you want to transfer to Emory in the middle of a program at another institution, please first contact your ISSS Advisor at Emory for discussion to avoid immigration difficulties. 

Students changing immigration status to F-1

If you are already in the US in an immigration status other than F-1 and want to change your immigration status to F-1, you can either: 

  • Travel outside the US and re-enter the US using a new visa and Emory I-20.
  • File a government application from within the US to change status if eligible. This process usually takes longer.  

For more information about changing your status, please visit our Changing Your Status page.

Your ISSS advisor is available to help you each step of the way as well!

Financial Requirements and Financial Sponsor Form

Please review this information for financial document requirements and the financial sponsor form.

All financial documents must meet the following requirements:

  1. Less than 12 months old at the time of the I-20 or DS-2019 Request submission
  2. Written in English, or accompanied by official translation
  3. Funds must be immediately available, i.e. liquid assets, or can be withdrawn to pay your student bill
  4. If the account(s) is not in your name, please complete the Financial Sponsor Form (in section below) for each sponsor.

Acceptable types of financial documents:                          

Type of Document Document Requirements
Bank letters/statements
  • Includes name of bank account holder
  • Includes date of issuance
  • Specifies type of account(s), i.e. checking, savings, current, money market, and/or fixed deposit/fixed term/time deposits
  • Includes total available balance(s) held by the account holder, specifying currency
  • Printed on official bank stationary (letterhead) or logo/heading, including bank's name, address, etc.
  • If applicable, contains bank official's signature or stamp
  • If applicable, online account printouts may be accepted pending review
Emory University funding or scholarship award letter / email
  • Must be on department letterhead
  • Include student's full name (or first name and student ID) and state the amount and duration of support
  • Must have signature of appropriate person within the school/department
Approved or pre-approved education loan letter
  • Include student's full name and state the total amount of loan
  • "Conditional" approvals must include relevant conditions
Government financial guarantee
  • Include student's full name and state the support provided
Provident Account 
  • Must state that funds can be withdrawn before the start date of the semester.

Company/Corporate sponsorship letter
  • Printed on company letterhead
  • Endorsement or signature of company official with financial authority
  • Include full name of student
  • Include amount of sponsorship

 

The following documents are not acceptable:

Real estate
Trust fund accounts
Salary statements
Credit card statements
Stocks and bonds
Business bank accounts
Retirement fund
Mutual Funds

 


Financial Sponsor Form

This form is required of all F-1 students who have a financial sponsor. If you have more than one sponsor, each sponsor will fill out and sign this form. This form should accompany the acceptable financial document(s) in the sponsor’s name. Please upload the form(s) to the I-20 Request e-form. 

Download the ISSS Financial Sponsor Form here.

Estimated Expenses

The estimated costs of attendance will be updated as they become available. Funding amounts are specified for each academic program. The amounts found below are estimates for I-20 purposes. Actual amounts may vary based on academic program specific fees and living preferences.

Please note that our office is still waiting for updated tuition and fees from various departments as funding amounts are specified for each academic program. This may cause a delay in processing your request. We will contact you again once we have received the amounts and once your I-20 is created.

Jump directly to your program by clicking the name of your school:


Candler School of Theology

F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

Note I-20s are not available for MRL and MRPL students. For MDiv students, I-20s are only available for fully in-person students. Hybrid and online students are not eligible for an immigration document from Emory.

Candler Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months)

$18,012

Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 


Emory College and Oxford College

 F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

Emory College and Oxford Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available)  AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 


Goizueta Business School

 F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

MAF Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available)
AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $8,582
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MBA (2 Year) Estimated Expenses 
AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees $77,100
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $4,700
Total: $99,812
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MBA (1 Year) Estimated Expenses  AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees $110,550
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $4,700
Total: $139,266
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MSBA Estimated Expenses AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees $78,898
Living Expenses (10 months) $20,013
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $12,988
Total: $111,889
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

BBA Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses) 
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 


Laney Graduate School (LGS)

 F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

PhD Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MA/MS Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MDP Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 


Rollins School of Public Health

F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

Rollins Estimated Expenses AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees $41,120
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $4,000
Total: $63,132
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 


School of Law

F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

JD Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $9,000
Total: 
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

LLM (Fall 2023 Starting Semester) Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

LLM (Fall 2023 Only after MCL) Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (5 months) $10,006
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

LLM (Spring 2024 Starting Semester) Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available)
AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MCL (Spring 2024 Starting Semester) Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available)
AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (6 months) $12,008
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

SJD Estimated Expenses  (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  $9,000
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2/J-2 Spouse $N/A
F-2/J-2 Child (per child) $N/A

 


School of Medicine

F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

MD and MD/PhD Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MMSc (GensCns) Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MMSc (PA) Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

DPT Estimated Expenses  (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses N/A
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

F-1 Degree Seeking Students Only

MN (Fall 2023 Starting Semester)Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months) $24,016
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

MN (Spring 2024 Starting Semester)Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (12 months)

$24,016

Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

 

BSN Estimated Expenses (Not Yet Available) AY 2023-24
Tuition and Fees N/A
Living Expenses (9 months) $18,012
Other Expenses (includes health insurance, books & supplies, miscellaneous expenses)  N/A
Total: N/A
Dependent Expenses (if applicable, add to total)
F-2 Spouse $8,400
F-2 Child (per child) $4,200

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