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The Bechtel International Center will be closed on Fridays from June 14th to September 3rd.

New Students: Arriving on Campus

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Use these resources as you prepare to arrive as a new student on campus and throughout your first few months at Stanford. 

Learn about student visa types at Stanford, how to apply for a visa document, how to request your immigration documents, and how to maintain your legal status. And get information on new student orientations and checklists before you arrive on campus. 

Student Visa Types: F-1 & J-1

Learn about the two types of student visas at Stanford and view a comparison chart.

Steps Before You Apply for a Visa

As a newly admitted student, learn what you need to do before applying for a visa document.

Request Your Initial I-20 or DS-2019

Learn how to request your initial immigration documents through the Bechtel Connect portal.

Enrollment Holds & How to Remove Them

Learn what an enrollment hold is, why you have one when you first arrive on campus, and how to remove it.

Enrollment Requirements to Maintain Legal Visa Status

All international students with F-1 or J-1 student visas need to enroll full time to maintain their legal visa status.