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Admitted International Student Resources

Obtaining a Visa to Attend Emory Law

Once you have accepted our offer of admission and paid the full tuition deposit,the International Student and Scholar Service (ISSS) office will contact you with Emory’s immigration sponsorship for your F-1 or J-1 student visa. You will receive an email from ISSS with detailed instructions of I-20 or DS-2019 request.   Note that it can take 3-5 business days to process your deposit and send the email.  As a part of this process, you will need to submit documents that show you are able to pay for the full cost of attendance for one year of study at Emory Law.  Once we process the completed application referenced in the email, Emory will issue either an I-20 for F1 students or a DS-2019 for J1 students.  The application should include:

  • New Student I-20 Request (this form will be included in the ISSS email and can be accessed through the link to ISSS.
  • Documentation, such as bank statements, that show proof of financial support.
  • Copy of your passport, and dependent passports if your spouse and/or children will be joining you.
  • If you are currently attending another US institution in F-1 or J-1 status, your current institution will need to transfer your SEVIS immigration record to Emory after determining whether you are eligible for a SEVIS transfer. For details regarding I-20 or DS-2019 transfer process, please refer to the ISSS website.


Submit your documents for the I-20 or DS-2019 as soon as possible.  It will take time for us to process the paperwork and can also take time to secure an appointment at your local Embassy or Consulate.

Think about consulting with an Education USA center before your visa interview.  The Education USA representatives can provide guidance on how to approach the interview and many hold pre-departure orientations for students studying in the U.S. with helpful information.  Find an EdUSA Advising Center.

Wait until you have your visa to make any travel arrangements.


All incoming international students are required to attend the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Orientation session during orientation.   In addition, each program has an orientation program that all students are required to attend.  The ISSS session date will be indicated as a part of the master schedule for each program.  Please refer to the appropriate admitted student page for more information.

SJD, MCL and exchange students will receive an email with more information about orientation activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my I-20 or DS2019?

Please visit the ISSS website for I-20/DS-2019 process questions.

I received a scholarship from Emory Law, does that count towards the total cost of attendance outlined on the financial certificate?
Yes, a scholarship award will count.  You can deduct the Emory Law scholarship award from the cost of attendance estimate and the amount remaining is what you will need to provide documentation

The bank will not certify the financial certificate.  What should I do?
That is OK as many banks will not certify a document that is not their own.  If you have a certified, official bank statement in support of the financial certificate, it is OK that the bank will not sign the form. 

When should I book my flight to Atlanta?
Wait to make any travel arrangements until you have your Visa.  Much can happen in the process that is out of your control, so please make sure you have your visa in hand before you make travel arrangements that cannot be changed.

When can I enter the U.S.?
You can enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the official start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

For more frequently asked questions, visit the ISSS New Student FAQ.