Immigration News and Updates

New I-20 and DS-2019 Design

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released a redesigned Form I-20 and Form DS-2019 effective June 26, 2015.  All I-20s and DS-2019s printed after June 26, 2015 will have the new design. Previously issued I-20s and DS-2019s in the old format will still be valid until June 30, 2016. All F-1/ F-2 and J-1/J-2 status holders will be required to have a redesigned Form I-20 or DS-2019 by July 1, 2016. 

  • Your travel, visa renewals or visa applications will not be affected by the new changes on the Form I-20 and DS-2019. You can still use your old I-20 or DS-2019 if you are returning to the U.S. or traveling outside the U.S. 

  • Students and scholars applying for Social Security Numbers and Drivers Licenses must use the new I-20 or DS-2019. If you are applying for a social security number or driver license, please contact International Recruitment and International Services to request the redesigned Form I-20 or DS-2019.

  • International Recruitment and International Services will be gradually issuing the updated Forms I-20/DS-2019 to students and scholars throughout the next 12 months. No action is required on your part at this time. You will be contacted by our office when your new I-20 or DS-2019 is ready.

Detail Changes

In addition to changes in the design, the following changes have also been made to the new I-20/DS-2019: 

The new I-20 now has four different name fields, namely:

  • Surname/Primary Name
  • Given Name
  • Preferred Name
  • Passport Name

Invalid Entries. The following are now considered invalid: 

  • LNU (Last Name Unknown)
  • UNK (Unknown)
  • NA (Not Applicable) 
  • Special characters (&, @ etc.)
  • FNU (First Name Unknown) and
  • None 

No Hyphens (-) or Apostrophes (‘”):

  • If your name in the old Form I-20 or DS-2019 had a hyphen (-) or apostrophe (‘”), it will be removed from your "Surname/Primary Name" and "Given Name" fields on the new I-20/DS-2019. However, they will still appear in your “Preferred Name” field.

New Rule Allowing F-2 Dependents to Study Part-time

Dependents on F-2 status are now allowed to study part-time. No need to apply for change of status any more. If you have a dependent who would like to study, please direct him or her to apply for admission online.