Information for New Graduate Students

For Masters Students

Congratulations on your admission to Yale! We understand that you will have many questions about coming to Yale and New Haven and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is here to provide answers. Please don't hesitate to contact our office at this special email address set up specifically for new 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 GSAS students receive their admissions offer through the Graduate School admissions website, as well as a paper copy of the admissions letter. Your first step in the visa process is to go online and accept the offer of admission!


Financial Certification

Please download and fill out the financial certification form. You will need to return this document to the Graduate School with any required documention.

financial certification


Obtaining an Immigration Document

After accepting your offer of admission, you will receive an email from OISS requesting further information. We typically send this email 4-5 days after you accept your offer of admission. This email will provide instructions for obtaining an immigration document (an I-20 or DS-2019).


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:



Refer to the GSAS New Student Checklist

The Graduate School New Student Checklist is a to-do list of tasks and information for incoming GSAS students, including required forms for ID Cards, health and more. Please read carefully and attend to the due dates to be prepared to start at Yale in August.


Check in with OISS upon your arrival

We welcome you to check in Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 9am. Bring your passport, I-94 number, and immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019).





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

More Resources

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