Immigration Process for International Students

  1. The College of Engineering emails applicants with an admissions decision.
  2. After the applicant accepts the offer of admission in Wolverine Access, you will receive a matriculation email. 
  3. Review Immigration Documentation for International Students in the matriculation email for specific details about the information needed to prepare your I-20 or DS-2019. If your dependent(s) will accompany you, see the International Center’s page on F-2 dependents for detailed information regarding dependent documentation.
  4. Create a Uniqname in Wolverine Access.
  5. Complete and send all required documents to Required documents must be received by May 15 for Fall term, March 1 for Summer term, and November 9 for Winter term. We will reach out with any questions regarding your submitted materials.
  6. The College of Engineering will process your request in collaboration with the International Center.
  7. When your I-20 or DS-2019 has been processed, you will receive an email to your UMich email address from our International Center to access the MPassport Portal to view and print your document.
  8. Student pays the SEVIS fee and makes a visa appointment with your local government officials.
  9. Students attend the visa appointment and make travel arrangements.
  10. Students arrive on campus by “reporting date” indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019.


Important information:

  1. If you hold F-1 or J-1 student status at another institution in the United States and plan to remain in that visa status, you are considered a “SEVIS Transfer Student”. The College of Engineering only can issue your required I-20 or DS-2019 after your previous university releases your SEVIS, indicated on the U-M Transfer-In Form.
  2. If you are an international student currently at U-M Ann Arbor, The College of Engineering would prepare your required I-20 or DS-2019 at the end of your last term of attendance.
  3. A DS-2019 can’t be downloaded from MPassport, it must be shipped using eShip Global, or the student can request to pick up the document when ready.
  4. If you are an Integrative Systems + Design Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering or Automotive Engineering  student, please note that on the I-20 document your major is listed as ‘Systems Engineering’. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a limited number of fields of study (majors) to be listed on I-20 documents. The USCIS uses ‘Systems Engineering’ for your field and this is not an error.