New Students

The New Student Process

ISSS helps international students admitted into an approved full-time program obtain the necessary immigration documents to enter the U.S. Please follow the below steps in order for a smooth transition to Penn.

  • If you are already in the US in F-1 or J-1 status and plan to transfer your SEVIS record to Penn or change your education level within Penn, please see the FAQ.
  • 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 iPenn.
  • Before reaching out to ISSS, we recommend reviewing the New Student Immigration FAQs below.

Prospective international students: Please see the Penn Admissions website.

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1. Decide on F-1 or J-1 Status

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2. Apply for your I-20/DS-2019

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3. Acquire F-1/J-1 Status

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4. Check In at Penn

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1. Decide on F-1 or J-1 Status

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2. Apply for your I-20/DS-2019

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3. Acquire F-1/J-1 Status

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4. Check In at Penn

New Student Immigration FAQs

Below are some of the most common immigration-related questions we receive from newly admitted students. Please see our Prepare for Penn section for resources to help you prepare for life at Penn.