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Admitting International Students

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The OISS's ability to issue I-20s and DS-2019s are based on Tulane University's I-17 (Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student), which designates us as a SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) Certified school.  Regulations require SEVP-certified institutions to report any changes to the Form I-17.  To learn more about this particular process click here. 

Below you will be able to review the training materials and forms for specific information on admitting international students at Tulane. 

International Student Admissions Training Workshop Materials

International Admission Process Overview:

  1. International student is admitted.
  2. Department/undergraduate admissions verifies that admitted student meets international degree-seeking or exchange student admission criteria.
  3. Department enters data into Banner and provides OISS with supporting documentation via Box.
  4. OISS issues I-20 or DS-2019 for the admitted student and prepares a packet of information, including a welcome guide.
  5. Some departments pick up the I-20 or DS-2019 packet from OISS, and mail it to the student (express mail is preferable and, sometimes, necessary depending on the country.) Otherwise, OISS will mail the packet directly to the student.

General Requirements for Issuance of Immigration Documents

Admitting departments/schools must have a standardized process for verifying:

  1. Proof of financial support
  2. English language proficiency
  3. Foreign credential verification (degree-seeking students)

In addition to the above, OISS also needs the following in order to issue the immigration document:

  1. Passport copy
  2. Physical foreign address (no P.O. Boxes)
  3. Immigration record transfer (if already in the U.S.)
  4. Information in Banner

Departments must allow the OISS at least one week (or longer during peak admissions periods) for the issuance of the immigration document. You may read through the Training Workshop Materials above or contact one of the advisors below for more information.


F-1 or J-1 Status: What is the Difference?


Tulane University F-1 Student Admissions 

F-1 Student Banner Instructions

F-1 Dependent Form

F-1 Admissions contact: Belinda Schneider,


Tulane University J-1 Student Admissions

J-1 Student Banner Instructions

J-1 Dependent Form

J-1 Admissions contact: Belinda Schneider,


International Student Orientation and Pre-departure Communications Coordination

All international students will receive a series of pre-departure emails that will support their coming to Tulane University and an in-person orientation.  Beth Nazar,,  coordinates both of these initiatives.  Please reach out if you have any questions. 


International Student Advising

Tulane has three main advisors to support international students once they arrive at Tulane University.  Areas of advising include but are not limited to: immigration, Tulane resources, cultural adjustment, campus engagement, personal issues, financial concerns, careers, and working in the United States.

General F-1 Advising: Belinda Schneider,

Career and Work Authorization F-1 Advising: Kabir Hingorani,

General J-1 Advising: Beth Nazar,