Information for New Yale College Students

The information on this page provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin work on today:


Accept Your Offer of Admission

All new students are sent an admissions letter with a reply form to accept the offer. Your first step in the visa process is to accept the offer of admission!


Submit Information to OISS

A few days after you have accepted your offer of admission, you will receive an important email from OISS with a link to an online form. Please complete the online form as soon as possible and include evidence of funding for your first year at Yale.


Obtaining an Immigration Document

After receiving your information and all required supporting documentation, OISS will issue your immigration document (I-20). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. Yale College admissions will mail this document to you via courier service to the address listed on your Yale application.


Applying for the Student Visa

After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa. Instructions on how to apply for a U.S. F-1 student visa can be found on the OISS Web site:



Orientation for International Students

Incoming undergraduate students are invited to register for a pre-orientation program, Orientation for Yale College International Students (OIS).

Currently in the U.S.?

If you are currently in F-1 status see this Web site for F-1 transfer information. If you are currently in another non-immigrant status other than F-1, please send an email to with your name and information about your current status.



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Related Links


Canadian Student?
Canadians do not need to obtain a U.S. student visa stamp. Learn more.

New Student Resources on the OISS Web site

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