A Form I-20 is a government form which certifies that you are eligible for F-1 Student Status. It proves to the U.S. government that you have met admissions requirements and have been accepted for a full course of study. It is the official document that certifies that you have proved to the Foreign Student Advisor/ DSO that you have enough money to study and live in the U.S. without working illegally or will suffer financial hardship. You need Form I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa or status, or to keep lawful F-1 status when transferring schools within the U.S. Transfer students do not have to obtain our I-20 before coming to Kingsborough Community College unless traveling outside the U.S. before classes begin. Please see the Foreign Student Advisor no later than 15 days after the 1-st day of class.
Who needs to obtain the INS Form I-20?
No, some international students do not need I-20's. J-1 students need Form DS-2029 and should ask us for that application. If you are maintaining another non-immigrant status in the U.S., you do not have to obtain an I-20 and may attend school full or part-time. Dependent children in E, F, H, I, J, L, M,N,O,P,R, or S status need to change status after their 21st birthday or if they marry. If you have no legal status, you may attend school but you are not eligible to change status and can not obtain Form I-20.Getting your FORM I-20Below are the instructions for issuance of Form I-20 by Kingsborough Community College. Read and follow them carefully. At times, you may be asked to provide more evidence of your financial support.FEDERAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING OF FORM I-20