How to Obtain an I-20 or DS-2019?


Many international students will need a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) in order to receive a non-immigrant visa or to transfer to Texas A&M University from another university in the United States. Students who will receive an F-1 visa/status need a certificate of eligibility called an I-20 and students who will receive a J-1 visa/status need a certificate of eligibility called an DS-2019. (Note: The DS-2019 replaced the form IAP-66. The Department of State made this change effective September 1, 2002.)

The Certificate of Eligibility Center (CEC) issues I-20s and DS-2019s to admitted international students.

CEC contains the necessary International Student Services (ISS) forms and systems for international students planning to attend Texas A&M University. Students can also track the progress on I-20/DS-2019 issuance through CEC.

You will need your Texas A&M Net ID and password to log into CEC.
To claim your Net ID, please visit Aggie Computing Gateway. You will need your Universal Identification Number (UIN) to activate your NetID.

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I-20/DS-2019 Application Process

If you are currently outside the U.S.

If you are currently outside the U.S. and need to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa, then you will need to submit the additional documentation listed below.

If you are currently inside the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa

If you are currently attending another U.S. institution on an F-1 or J-1 visa or are on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training, then you need to submit the additional documentation listed below.

If you have been admitted to a Non-Degree Seeking Program

Please click on the following link for instructions on how to upload the necessary documents in order to process your I-20:

Uploading documents

Texas A&M University will only issue an I-20 or DS-2019 once all of the necessary paperwork has been submitted and considered complete by ISS. Please allow 5-20 business days for our office to review your paperwork after it has been submitted.

Immigration Questionnaire

Please complete the immigration questionnaire either by completing the paper version of the questionnaire or by submitting online. You must be officially admitted to Texas A&M University by International Admissions before using online option. ISS recommends students to use the online version of the immigration questionnaire.

  • Online Immigration Questionnaire 
    Please note that the on-line system is updated with admission data every Sunday and Wednesday night. This means that if you are admitted on Monday, you cannot use the on-line system until Thursday morning.
  • Immigration Questionnaire Paper Version
    Return the Completed Immigration Questionnaire to:

    Certificate of Eligibility Center
    TAMU 1226
    1st Floor Bizzell Hall East
    College Station, Texas 77843-1226
    Fax: 979-862-4633

Applied for I-20/DS-2019 - What is next?
last updated: 10/2012
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