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ISSS is the university office responsible for assisting admitted international students with obtaining the necessary immigration documents for their entry into the US. Once you have received your admission letter and the 9-digit Admission ID from the Admissions Office you are ready to proceed as follows:
- Decide on F-1 or J-1 Student status.
- Submit your I-20/DS-2019 Application.
- Acquire F-1/J-1 Status by paying the SEVIS Fee and then applying for your entry visa and entering the US, or submitting a change of status application to USCIS.
- Check in with ISSS within 30 days of your program start date at International Student Orientation.
If you are already familiar with this process, have received your iPenn Log-in information, and want to proceed with your I-20/DS-2019 application please go directly to:
Once you have decided on F-1 or J-1 student status, you can proceed to the application process.