Mail and Document Pickup
During the pandemic, we are providing a few different options for receiving original documents. When you submit a request form through our website, if you choose to receive a physical I-20, you will be given 2 options for shipping:
- US Postal Service (only available for shipments inside the US)
- In-person document pickup from our office in Farzaneh Hall
Due to COVID-19, the US government is allowing us to electronically sign and email I-20s. If you choose to receive an electronic I-20, we will email your new I-20 to you to print. It is a valid immigration document that you can use to travel and apply for a visa. If you have questions, you can email your ISS advisor and/or review the information from the US Department of Homeland Security by checking the page titled "Electronic Form I-20 Issuance" at www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf. We are only able to email I-20s to the email address listed in your SEVIS record.
If you will use this electronic I-20 to travel or apply for a visa, we recommend that you print the "Electronic Form I-20 Issuance" information from the US DHS link above and carry it with you when you travel or apply for a visa.
We do not offer electronic I-20s for employment authorization or in situations where the I-20 will be sent to USCIS (like CPT, OPT, OPT STEM, Economic Hardship, and Change of Status). This is because USCIS policy requires that when the student submits an I-20 copy to USCIS that they retain the original hard copy with wet signature.