Services for International Students and Scholars

N.U.in I-20 Application Process

N.U.in is an experiential, academic program that expands students’ Northeastern education into worldwide locations. International students can be selected to participate in N.U.in. Because the first semester is outside of the United States, international students must make sure to read all information to understand how this will impact their arrival to the United State when coming to the Boston campus.

I have an active SEVIS record from my U.S. high school. Can I have my school to transfer my SEVIS record to Northeastern University?

N.U. in Program international students are not eligible for SEVIS transfer from previous institutions because the difference between the end of their high school and the beginning of their U.S. portion of the N.U.in Program is more than five months.

Please do not ask your high school to transfer your SEVIS record to Northeastern.

Your I-20 from NEU will be a new “initial” I-20 with a new SEVIS number which means that you will need to pay another SEVIS fee and apply for a new F-1 visa.

I need assistance with applying for a visa for my first semester abroad. Who do I need to be in touch with?

The Office of Global Services does not assist with the visa process for your country abroad. Visa information should be posted on the N.U. in website https://www.northeastern.edu/nuin/ under Travel Information of your country abroad destination. For more information please reach out to the N.U.in staff.

When do I need to request an I-20 for my undergraduate program in the Spring?

You will receive an e-mail from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with information to start the online request for an I-20. Please note that this I-20 request will be for your studies that will start in the spring term in Boston.

When can I apply for an F-1 visa for my undergraduate program in the Spring?

Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. An F-1 student visa for the U.S. can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your program start date in January. You can start the visa process as early as your I-20 is issued.

How will I receive my I-20?

Your I-20 will be mailed to you by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to your mailing address once the I-20 is issued. It can be mailed to your N.U.in location or home address. For questions or changes of your mailing address, please contact The Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

When can I arrive in the U.S. for my program in the Spring?

International students should not travel to the U.S. as F-1 students until they are ready to start their Spring semester in Boston. This means that you can arrive as early as 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20.

I am from Canada and my friend is from Bermuda. Do we need an F-1 visa to enter the U.S. for our undergraduate program in the Spring?

Canadian and Bermudian citizens do not need visas to study in the U.S. However, you do need to request an I-20 and also pay the SEVIS fee.

I will not have time to go home after the end of my first semester abroad and apply for F-1 visa. Can I apply for the visa in the country abroad of my N.U. in Program?

We recommend that international students apply for an F-1 visa and attend an interview in their home country but if you will not have time to return home prior to your spring semester in the U.S., please contact the U.S. embassy in the country of your N.U. in program to check for the possibility of applying for an F-1 visa in your N.U.in location.

What is the F-1 visa application process?

Step 1. Request Form I-20 from Northeastern

Step 2. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee online

Step 3. Fill out the visa application online (DS-160)

Step 4. Schedule a visa interview appointment online

Step 5. Go to the visa interview at the US embassy

Step 6. Receive the visa stamp on their passport

Please use the following resources and your U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for more information on how to apply for an F-1 visa.

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html

https://www.nafsa.org/findresources/Default.aspx?id=8643

I have received my I-20 form, can I travel for the N.U.in Pre-Departure Orientation that is organized in the U.S. during the summer on my F-1 visa and my Spring I-20 or I would need to apply for a tourist visa separately?

No, you will not be able to travel for the Orientation in the summer as your program start date on your Spring I-20 is in January. F-1 students are not allowed to enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the program start date of their initial Spring I-20.

Please check about the possibilities of obtaining a Tourist visa.

Who do I need to notify, if I do not need an I-20 because I have a valid visa that allows me to study in the U.S. and I am not interested in applying for F-1 visa?

You will need to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and provide them with documentation about your current status. You can contact Nancy Baker for UG Day Admissions at: n.northeastern.edu and you should also notify the Office of Global Services.

I have a Green Card and I don’t need an I-20 for my studies in the U.S. What should I do?

Please send a copy of your Green Card to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (Nancy Baker n.baker@northeastern.edu) and you should also notify the Office of Global Services.

I am having a hard time getting a U.S. visa appointment in my N.U.in location. Who should I contact?

Scheduling the F-1 visa appointment is a responsibility of the student. The OGS can issue you an I-20, but you will need to reach out to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate and schedule your visa appointment. For any questions and concerns we suggest that you contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate directly. If an appointment in you N.U. in location is not possible, you need to look into the option of returning home and obtaining your F-1 visa prior to your departure to the U.S.

What is SEVIS ID number and how can I find it on my I-20?

Each Form I-20 has a specific SEVIS ID number which is located on the top left hand corner of your I-20 and starts with “N00.”

What is Program Code of Northeastern University and how can I find it on my I-20?

The program code is stated next to your major under the “program of study” section on your I-20.

What is the travel signature, and do I need a travel signature on my I-20 in order to travel to Northeastern University for my Spring semester?

A travel signature on an I-20 acknowledges that a student is full time and is maintaining his F-1 student status.

You do not need to have a travel signature when you enter the U.S. for the first time on your “initial” I-20 for your Spring term.

What is the travel signature, and do I need a travel signature on my I-20 in order to travel to Northeastern University for my Spring semester?

A travel signature on an I-20 acknowledges that a student is full time and is maintaining his F-1 student status.

You do not need to have a travel signature when you enter the U.S. for the first time on your “initial” I-20 for your Spring term.

I am currently holding another visa status, such as E2 or L2, will I need to apply for Form I-20 and F-1 visa before I arrive for my second semester to the U.S. in this program?

If your current valid visa status allows you to engage in study in the U.S., you can remain on that visa. However, if you want to find out more about the benefits of the F-1 visa holders, please feel free to contact an OGS advisor.

Do I have to pay Northeastern University for shipment of my Form I-20?

The shipment of the I-20 is free of charge for newly admitted students.

If I don’t have time to apply for F-1 visa prior to coming to the U.S. for my Spring semester, can I enter the U.S. on my valid B-1/B-2/WB/WT visas and then apply for I-20 from here?

You will not be eligible to start your studies if you enter the U.S. on B-1/B-2/WB/WT visas. Your Form I-20 and F-1 visa stamp must be received prior to entering the U.S.

What should I write on the visa application (DS-160) for “U.S. Point of Contact Information” and “Present Employer or school name”?

For the “U.S. Point of Contact Information,” you can state the name of the Designated School Official who signed your I-20 and if you don’t know your U.S. address, you can state the following address: (Northeastern University 360 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115).

For “Present Employer or school name” please write the name of your current school.

If you have further questions for your F-1 visa application please reach out to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.