Information for New Yale College Students

Welcome Class of 2019!

Congratulations on your admission to Yale! We understand that you will have many questions about coming to Yale and New Haven and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is here to provide answers. Please don't hesitate to contact our office at this special email address set up specifically for new students:  The information on this page provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin work on today:

1. Accept Your Offer of Admission

All new students are sent an admissions letter with a reply form to accept the offer. Your first step in the visa process is to accept the offer of admission!

2. Submit Information to OISS

A few days after you have accepted your offer of admission, you will receive an email from OISS with a link to an online form. Please complete the online form as soon as possible and include evidence of funding for your first year at Yale.

3. Obtaining an Immigration Document

After receiving your information and all required supporting documentation, OISS will issue your immigration document (I-20). This generally takes two weeks. Yale College admissions will mail this document to you via courier service to the address listed on your Yale application.

4. Paying the SEVIS Fee & Applying for the Student Visa

After you receive your I-20, you will need to pay the SEVIS before applying for your F-1 visa.  With the I-20 and SEVIS receipt you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa. 

5. Before You Leave Home

As you prepare to depart, you will have many questions about living in New Haven, including the items listed on this page.  You may want to be in touch other students and scholars through Yale's student organizations or in the department or school with which you will affiliated. 

6. Arrive in the U.S.

Upon arrival, you will be inspected by a Customs and Border Protection officer and complete the I-94 data collection. Be sure to have your passport and immigration documents with you.  Do not pack them in your checked luggage.  Before you leave the officer make sure your passport has a new ink entry stamp.

7. OISS Check-In & Orientation for International Students

Most new Yale College students will check during the Orientation for International Students (OIS).  If you are not participating in OIS, an OISS adviser will email you information about when to check-in.

Currently in the U.S.?

If you are currently in F-1 status, see this website for F-1 transfer information. If you are currently in a nonimmigrant status other than F-1, please send an email to with your name and information about your current status.