Requesting a Form I-20 or DS-2019

International Students admitted into a full-time academic program at Stony Brook University must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to enter and/or reenter the U.S. in F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor status. This applies to new students and transfer students from another U.S. university, college or high school. Students returning from a leave of absence must also have a Form I-20 or DS-2019 to return/remain in the United States. The Certificate of Eligibility, or Form I-20 / DS-2019, is a government document issued by a U.S. institution, allowing the student to apply for an F-1 / J-1 Visa, enter or re-enter the U.S. to pursue an academic program and receive other immigration benefits. A new form I-20/DS-2019 is issued to the student each time there is a change to the student’s academic program, education level, financial sponsor, or when a work or academic authorization is granted. The procedures for requesting a Form I-20 / DS-2019 differs depending on academic level and Visa type, please read the following instructions carefully:


Undergraduate Students requesting a Form I-20:

  • Step 1: Upon admission to the university pay your deposits and fee, and complete your New Student Preferences by logging on to Stony Brook's secure SOLAR System, using your Stony Brook ID number and password. Your ID number and your original password are printed on the upper right of your letter of admission.
  • Step 2: Log-in to Limited Services in accessVIS using your SOLAR ID, Date of Birth and PIN, which will be sent to you. Complete all required information to request your initial Form I-20.
  • Step 3: Your request will then be reviewed by an international student advisor. If your request is approved, your I-20 will be processed and mailed to you via UPS Express.

Note: Students already attending a school in the U.S. (high school or college) must be released from SEVIS by their advisor and submit the International Transfer Report before a Form I-20 can be issued. Complete the top portion of the form and have your International Student Advisor complete section 2.  Once complete, follow the above instructions to request your I-20 in accessVIS and upload the report before submitting your Form I-20 request.


Graduate Students requesting a Form I-20:

  • Step 1: Upon admission into your academic program, log-in to Limited Services in accessVIS using your SOLAR ID, Date of Birth and PIN, which will be sent to you.
  • Step 2: Review and complete all required information to request your initial Form I-20 / DS-2019.
  • Step 3: Your request will then be reviewed by an international student advisor once you have been matriculated into an academic program at SBU.
  • Step 4: If your request is approved, your I-20 will be processed and mailed via UPS Express.

Exchange Students requesting a DS-2019:

  • Step 1: Upon admission into your academic program, log-in to accessVIS using your SOLAR ID, Date of Birth and PIN, which will be sent to you.
  • Step 2: Review and complete all required information to request your initial Form I-20 / DS-2019.
  • Step 3: Your request will then be reviewed by an international student advisor once you have been matriculated into an academic program at SBU.
  • Step 4: If your request is approved your Form DS-2019 will be processed mailed via UPS Express.