Requesting an I-20 or DS-2019

Congratulations on your admittance to MIT! We look forward to welcoming you on campus.

Application for Form I-20 or DS-2019

In order for us to create a Certificate of Eligibility document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) for you, we need some additional information. Please follow the instructions below to access a set of online forms at our secure website, iMIT.mit.edu, to provide us with the necessary information.

In order to gain access to iMIT, you must follow the instructions below:

  1. Accept your admission to MIT.
  2. Create an mit.edu email account. (Further instructions are available through your department or undergraduate admissions.)
  3. Wait 48 hours for your new email account to be reflected in our international student database.

NOTE: Once you create your mit.edu email account, the ISO will use your mit.edu email account to contact you if additional information is necessary. Please remember to check your email on this account!

After your information is reflected in our database, please do the following:

  1. Go to http://imit.mit.edu
  2. Click “Login” under “Full Client Services for Students”
  3. Under Account Provider, please choose “MIT Kerberos account (or MIT web certificate)” and click “Continue”.
  4. If you are using a personal computer and have an MIT digital personal certificate, please click “Use Certificate – Go”
  5. Otherwise, please use the “No Certificate? Use Kerberos username” section and enter your MIT email username and MIT email password and click “Login.”

For Newly Admitted Degree Candidates

If you are a non-degree Visiting Student, go to the next section.
If you are a non-degree Special, Exchange or Sloan Visiting Fellow student, go to the third section.

  1. Click Admission in the menu
  2. Click on “New F-1 Student Application” or “J-1 Application for New Student” depending on the visa type for which you would like to apply.  (For more information on F-1 or J-1 visa types, please see “Visa Categories.”)
  3. Complete all required forms including “Submit Request for Form I-20 ” or “Submit Request for SEVIS DS-2019 Document”. If you are already in the U.S. on the F-1 or J-1 visa status and wish to stay in the same visa status, you will be prompted to fill out the SEVIS Transfer In Request form.

For Non-degree “Visiting Students” who are not pursuing a degree at MIT

If you are a non-degree Special, Exchange, or Sloan Visiting Fellow student, go to the next section.

  1. Click “Visiting Student Services (Non-Degree).”
  2. If you would like to apply for an MIT sponsored J-1 visa document, click on “J-1 Application for New Visiting Student”.
  3. All other Visiting Students, please click “Visiting Student Application (Other)”.
  4. Complete all requested forms including “Submit Request for Visiting Student Documents”.

After you have completed the forms, we will create a Form DS-2019 and have your department ship it to the address you provided. You will need your Form DS-2019 in order to apply for a U.S. visa (if necessary) and to enter the United States.

For “Special” or “Exchange” Students

If you are a non-degree Visiting Student, go to the previous section.

  1. Click Admission and Orientation in the menu
  2. Click on “F-1 Student Application” or “J-1 Application for New Student” depending on the visa type for which you would like to apply. (For more information on F-1 or J-1 visa types, please see “Visa Categories.”)
  3. In the Program Information e-form, enter “Non-degree” for Academic Degree Sought and Academic Level fields.
  4. Complete all required forms including “Submit Request for Form I-20” or “Submit Request for SEVIS DS-2019 Document”.

After you have completed the forms, we will create a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and have your department ship it to the address you provided. You will need your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 in order to apply for a U.S. visa (if necessary) and to enter the United States.

For more information, please see our “Getting Started” webpage. If you are currently in the U.S. on visa categories other than F or J, please pay special attention the the bottom section of the webpage.

Again, congratulations on your admission, and we hope to see you in a few months.