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Student Visa Information

Once you have accepted our offer of admission, all visa related questions should be directed to the Office for International Services.  The Office for International Services can be reached at ois@fordham.edu or 212.636.6270.  Note that you may make appointments with Office of International Services staff online by clicking here and following the prompts. 

Securing a Visa

Prior to beginning their studies, students who are not U.S. citizens or green card holders must secure a visa.  Most such students will need an F-1 or J-1 visa.  The Office for International Services (OIS) can help students determine which visa is appropriate for their situation.  The process for securing a visa should be completed as early as possible after a student accepts the offer of admission to Fordham University, as students frequently encounter delays. 

Please visit the website of the OIS's webpage for admitted students for detailed instructions on how to secure your visa.  The first step is to complete the Application for Certification of Eligibility (AFCOE) and submit it to OIS at ois@fordham.edu

>>click here to access the AFCOE   

>>click here to access the OIS Admitted Students webpage

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have previously deferred their admission must obtain a new Form I-20 or DS-2019 from the Office for International Services. 

Part-time students are not eligible for an F-1 or J-1 visa. 

Procedures Once in the U.S.

Upon arrival in the U.S., students are required to meet with an OIS staff member regarding their visas.  Students must bring to the meeting a copy of their visa, the picture page of their passports, their I-20 or DS-2019 Form (as applicable), and their I-94 Form (issued at Immigration upon entering the U.S.).  Failure to submit these documents to OIS may result in the student being reported to the U.S. government for having violated legal requirements.  Students may make appointments with OIS staff by clicking here or by sending an email to ois@fordham.edu.

The Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs hosts a meeting with Mr. Longarino during orientation for LL.M. and exchange students in order to acquaint students with the services offered by the Office for International Services.  All LL.M. and exchange students who require F-1 or J-1 visas must be present at this session.  S.J.D. students must arrange separate meetings with Mr. Longarino to ensure that they are in compliance with visa requirements.