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The I-20 and DS-2019 indicate that an international applicant has been accepted as a full-time, degree-seeking student, with the required proficiency in the English language (documented by TOEFL test scores or their equivalent) or a student enrolled in an English language training program, with sufficient financial support (documented in the DCF form) to study at a U.S. academic institution.
Once you have been accepted to study at Northeastern University, the ISSI initiates the process of issuing your I-20. You must have this form before you can obtain an F-1 nonimmigrant student or J-1 exchange visitor visa to attend a school in the U.S. It is also required in order to maintain lawful student status when transferring or changing schools within the U.S.