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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: We will do our best to work with you and your department.

Winter Closure: The University observes Winter closure from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. The Graduate Admissions office will not be monitoring email during this time.

I-20, DS-2019 and Transfer-In Requests

Students admitted to the School of Medicine MD program or any Stanford Law School or Graduate School of Business programs should contact their admissions offices for details on submitting I-20 and DS-2019 requests as their protocol is different from the one outlined on this website.

Current Stanford Students

Current Stanford students should apply for an extension to their current F-1 or J-1 visa in Axess. See the Bechtel International Center Visa Extension page for detailed instructions. 

Visa Document Process for New Graduate Students

New international graduate students submit I-20 and DS-2019 requests through an online process in Axess. 

After accepting the offer of admission, log into your Axess account.

  • Make sure your computer operating language and keyboard are set to English (United States). Choose Firefox as the browser (making sure you have the latest version) and also set its language to English (US). Clear the browser's cache.

  • Scroll to the bottom and choose “Initiate I-20 or DS-2019 Request”.

Required Documents

You will need to upload the following, as PDFs:

  • Legible copy of your passport page(s): Photo page with machine-readable strip. Include page with current expiration date, if not on the same page.

  • Financial documents from all funding sources: Letter of funding from your department and/or your bank statement and/or bank statement of whoever will provide funding. Proof of funding should be shown in U.S. dollars or include a conversion showing equivalent in foreign currency. See Stanford's Bechtel International Center's Visa Document Process for New Students website for more information.

  • If you have an award from Stanford or from another source, you must provide verification of funding for any difference between your award and the estimated budget. Personal funds must be verified by a bank statement issued within 90 days of your I-20 request or by a letter of support from another scholarship source.

  • Letter of Support: Required only if financial support will be provided by an entity other than your department or yourself.

  • If you will be transferring your SEVIS record to Stanford from another U.S. institution, also upload the SEVIS Transfer-In form (below), and a copy of current I-20 or DS-2019, and the I-94.

Technical Assistance

If you experience issues uploading documents or entering funding dollar amounts proceed with the following:

  • Make sure your computer operating language and keyboard are set to English (United States).

  • Choose Firefox as the browser (making sure you have the latest version) and also set its language to English (US).

  • Clear the browser's cache.

For other technical assistance with submitting your I-20 or DS-2019 application, please submit a Support Request to Graduate Admissions.

I-20/DS-2019 Processing Timeline

We appreciate and understand that many students are interested in knowing when their records will be processed. Our office receives a high volume of documents to review, and the process can take up to eight weeks to fulfill. If a student is concerned about their status, they can log into Axess to see the status of the I-20/DS-2019 request.

EFS/Summer Session

An incoming graduate student who wishes to participate in the summer EFS (English for Foreign Students) intensive English program or Stanford Summer Session must apply and be approved by EFS or Summer Session before the I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued.

SEVIS Transfer-In Form

If you are currently an international student in the U.S. at another academic institution on an F-1 or J-1 visa (including going from an English language institute to an academic program) and you want to transfer your SEVIS record from that institution to Stanford, you will need to upload a completed SEVIS Transfer-In form, copy of your current I-20 or DS-2019,  and I-94 when submitting your I-20 or DS-2019 application.

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