J-1 Scholars
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Getting a Student Visa
Attending CUNY
AttendiMaintaining Your Immigration Statusng CUNY
Understanding Employment Options
Living in New York
STEP 1: Welcome Letter & Required Forms
STEP 2: Form I-20 or DS-2019
STEP 3: Letter Accompanying I-20 or DS-2019
STEP 5: U.S. Consulate Appointment
STEP 6: U.S. Entry
STEP 7: Reporting to the College
STEP 6: U.S. Entry
I-20 and DS-2019 fo
The latest date you can enter the U.S. is listed in Section 5 of the I-20 (if you will be an F-1 student) or in Section 3 of the DS-2019 (if you will be a J-1 student).

After receiving your F-1 or J-1 Visa, you will be ready to enter the U.S. and receive your corresponding F or J Immigration Status upon arrival in the U.S.

Upon arrival in the U.S. you should present the stamp in your passport, and

I-20 / DS-2019 to the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol Immigration Officer for inspection. The officer will place a stamp in your passport annotated with the date of admission, Clase of Admission, and admitted untill date, also F-1 or J-1 and D/S (Duration of Status) stamp on your I-20 / DS-2019 form, and the I-94 card.

Please note, that when you enter the U.S., you may be subject to various security checks, including, being photographed and electronically fingerprinted. This is a routine procedure for anyone entering the U.S. with a visa and is part of the safety measures taken by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

DHS regulations require that you enter the U.S. on the Form I-20 or DS-2019 from the CUNY College or any other U.S. college that you plan to attend. If you do not do so, it is a violation of F-1 immigration laws and can result in loss of your student immigration status.

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