Message from NYU President Andrew Hamilton
Plan For Your Arrival In New York
When You Arrive In New York
Point of Contact
Message from NYU President Andrew Hamilton
"NYU believes in the free movement of ideas and, though it is governments that control borders, we also believe in the accompanying free movement of people in pursuit of their academic work. We want the group of NYU colleagues and peers affected by this [executive] order to know that the University supports them. Their ability to carry on with their studies and their research, their ability to be present on our campus and participate fully and confidently in University life, and their welfare are foremost among NYU's concerns." - NYU President Andrew Hamilton
Read the full text of President Hamilton's response to the U.S. executive order on immigration.
Plan For Your Arrival In New York
Embarking on a graduate career is an exciting and challenging experience for any student. New York University recognizes the special needs of our international students and offers a wide array of services to assist you with the transition to life at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). This section will acquaint you with the services and contacts available to students in the Graduate School.
More detailed information can be located through the Office of Global Services (OGS) website. OGS assists prospective and enrolled international students with immigration matters and the adjustment to a new academic and cultural environment. They also advise students on issues concerning legal rights and responsibilities while offering personal and family services.
Obtaining a visa is a crucial aspect of the preparations international students must make before arriving in New York. The application process involves several tasks, so students are advised to take special care in filling out the required forms and to allow plenty of time for processing.
Your admission letter was emailed to you; GSAS does not mail admissions packets or letters. All the information you need is in your admission letter and on your Admitted Student Resource Page.
Please follow all steps to get your student visa. One crucial item you need is an I-20 or DS-2019. Learn how to apply for an I-20 or DS-2019. To access the application you will need to have your NYU ID number. This is the number you received from NYU that starts with "N" and is followed by 8 numbers, for example, N12345678. You will also need your NYUHome/email address password. Review the application checklist information to ensure you have all you need to successfully complete the online application. Please note that you will not be able to access the form until the tuition deposit, if required, is paid.
Transferring your Immigration Sponsorship to NYU
If you are currently enrolled at another school in the U.S., be sure to read the instructions about how to transfer your immigration sponsorship to NYU.
Review Specific Information Required for Your Visa Application
In addition to the I-20 / DS-2019 application and your NYU admission offer email, each applicant for a student visa must submit additional information. Review OGS resources on applying for your student visa for more detailed information.
Verify Your Passport Expiration Date
To obtain a visa you will need a passport with a valid date extending at least six months beyond your intended arrival in the U.S. If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must submit a separate application.
Your Health Records
University policy requires all incoming students to complete several health-related requirements. These include a medical history, proof of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization and either proof of meningitis vaccination or receipt of information regarding meningitis. If you do not submit the required health records, you will not be permitted to register for classes. Be sure to carry all relevant health records when traveling to the U.S. to avoid having to be revaccinated upon your arrival. If necessary, you should also obtain English translations of your medical history to ensure better care while residing in the U.S. For more information, visit the Health Requirements webpage.
A spouse and unmarried, minor children may also be classified for a nonimmigrant visa to accompany or follow the student. Family members must meet all visa eligibility requirements, including evidence that they will have sufficient funds for their support, and that they will depart the U.S. when the student’s program ends. Be aware that F2 dependents may not work, while J2 dependents may request work authorization. Find more immigration details from OGS on bringing family to the U.S.
Students enrolled in the NYU insurance plan can also enroll their eligible dependents. You can find more information on the Student Health Insurance webpage under the Enrolling in the NYU Sponsored Plans section.
The “Program Start Date”
You must arrive at NYU no later than the start date indicated in the "Program of Study" section of your I-20 or DS-2019 form and no earlier than 30 days before your program start date. Arrange your flight as soon as you know your start date. U.S. consulates and embassies will issue the F-1 visa as much as 120 days before this start date. As you make arrangements for your travel, plan to attend the important orientation sessions organized by the Graduate School, OGS, and your academic department. These sessions are designed to introduce you to the Graduate School and to familiarize you with your department’s policies and procedures. Before leaving home, read the important information you receive from the various offices to determine the dates of orientation sessions, registration and the first day of classes. We recommend you contact your academic department to inquire about department orientation sessions. See more about planning your trip.
There are three main airports in the New York City area. If you are traveling from abroad, chances are you will land either in JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Liberty Airport. To find out more about your transportation options once you arrive, we suggest you visit the airport’s information center for specific transportation information and cost estimates. Find more information on the Getting to NYU webpage.
When You Arrive in New York
Check in with Your Consulate
Many countries have a Consulate Office in NYC. Some countries require their citizens to register at the local consulate and other countries only recommend it. We recommend you contact your local consulate office to see if a reporting requirement exists. Please check your consulate's website for their address and telephone numbers. If you are unable to locate this information, contact OGS.
Complete OGS Arrival Form and Orientation
The U.S. government requires all new NYU international students to report their arrival to NYU. The first step is to complete the arrival form. The second step is to attend an International Student Orientation.
Please refer to the International Student Orientation webpage for more information about this required process.
Register for Classes
To comply with the U.S. government’s regulations, all students must register full-time no later than one week after classes begin.
F-1 and J-1 students are eligible to apply for a social security number only if they are in status and authorized to work. In addition, F-1 students must have an actual job offer to apply for a social security number. F-1 and J-1 students have different work authorization options. Please review the OGS website and discuss with the Office of Global Services regarding your work authorization options.
Be sure that you take care of all items on the International Student Arrival Checklist once you arrive.
Understand Your Tax Responsibilities
OGS Tax webpage
IRS Publication 970 (2017), Tax Benefits for Education
All international students are required to file a U.S. tax return by April 15 of each year. Many of our international students are recipients of fellowships and research assistantships. If you have been awarded a fellowship, scholarship, or research assistantship, you will be required to complete GLACIER. Please refer to the Tax Guidance & Compliance page and click on NYU Guide to Payments Made to Nonresident Aliens to download the forms.
New York University is required to collect these forms from all international students who will receive an award in the form of an assistantship, fellowship or scholarship. These forms will be used to correctly process your financial aid award so that your stipend or assistantship payments will be treated in accordance with current U.S. tax regulations. You may complete the online GLACIER process as soon as you receive the email notification. Once completed, you are asked to submit your documents as soon as possible to ensure correct processing of your payments.
Fellowships that are used for tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction are excludable from gross income. Fellowship amounts received for other expenses, such as room and board and living expenses, represent taxable income to the student. It is the responsibility of the student to report any includable amounts on her or his tax return and to maintain records to support expenditures for tuition, fees, books, and required equipment and supplies. The University suggests that students retain receipts for all educational expenses.
These are general guidelines regarding the tax treatment of certain forms of support. We strongly suggest that students either consult with a tax expert or refer to federal publications for clarification. The IRS provides information through free publications and a telephone information line.
All international students and scholars are required to report to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year — even if they did not work during the prior year. Although OGS cannot advise on tax issues, they hope to give students basic information as a helpful starting point. OGS has a webpage for tax information for all F1 and J1 students and their dependents.
Banking in New York City
When considering which bank to use in New York, students should think about bank chains that may also be located in their home countries. Also, a bank branch that has multiple locations in New York will be more convenient in the long run. Students can also consider the New York University Federal Credit Union.
To open a bank account in the US, take your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, NYU ID card, and enrollment verification (obtained at the StudentLink Center), in addition to money or a check to deposit. Please note, you must first add your US address to Albert and register for classes before obtaining the enrollment verification.
Point of Contact
Office of Global Services
383 Lafayette Street
Telephone: (212) 998-4720
Fax: (212) 995-4115
For questions related to obtaining an I-20/DS-2019, email email@example.com.
For all other OGS-related questions, use the OGS contact form.