Obtain your I-20 or DS-2019

If you will be studying in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you will need to submit the Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED), upload a scan of your passport and show adequate proof of financial support in order for Michigan State University to issue you the appropriate documents to obtain a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019). Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 from MSU, you will need to apply for a student visa to study in the U.S.


Upload a scan of your passport

In addition to submitting your deposit and financial proof, MSU also requires that international students send a scanned copy of their passport photo in order to issue the documents required to obtain a student visa. A scan of your passport photo can be uploaded in the "file upload" section of your account.

Submit financial proof

Financial proof consists of:

  • A signed affidavit of support
  • A supporting bank statement, per instructions on the affidavit, showing an amount equal to or greater than the first year's total expenses of attending MSU

You should upload both of these documents via the "file upload" section in your account after you have submitted your deposit.

Note: Sending these documents in paper form will delay processing your I-20 or DS-2019.

International students currently residing outside the United States

Once you have completed the steps above, you will receive an email from Michigan State University's third-party shipping provider, e-Ship Global, with instructions on how to receive your immigration documents via express mail. You should follow the instructions in this email to select delivery options for your I-20. You MUST utilize e-Ship Global to receive your I-20, and you must use e-Ship Global's website. Do not contact DHL, UPS or FedEx directly. Please note that receiving your immigration documents is at your expense.


SEVIS transfer students

If you are transferring to MSU from another U.S. institution (high school, community college, university, etc.), are currently in F-1 or J-1 status, and need an MSU I-20 or DS-2019, you must complete the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) transfer process. MSU cannot issue these documents until that process is complete. Please follow the SEVIS transfer instructions in order to receive new immigration documents from MSU.


SEVIS information and fee

For information about the SEVIS and the SEVIS fee, please visit MSU's Office for International Students and Scholars.


Changing visa status

If you are a student requesting immigration documentation that does not correspond to your current visa status, you need to change your visa status. Receiving an I-20 or DS-2019 does not automatically change your status to an F-1 or J-1 student.


Provisionally admitted students

If you are a provisionally admitted student, MSU will initially issue your I-20 for “Language Training” in compliance with U.S. Federal regulations. The remarks section on the I-20 will indicate the major preference you will pursue once you fulfill MSU’s English language proficiency requirement. MSU will still classify you as an undergraduate student in your requested major preference. You will live on campus in residence halls with other MSU students and have full access to MSU facilities and support services.

Upon meeting MSU’s English language proficiency requirement, MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars will issue you a new I-20 for undergraduate study in your requested major preference for the duration of your studies at Michigan State University.

For more information about arriving as a provisionally admitted students, visit the OISS website.