How do I get an I-20 and how long does it take?

You need to send us a completed application, along with the required documentation. You may find our application and list of required documentation on the Apply Now page. Once your application is complete, your I-20 Form will be processed. The processing time is typically 14 to 21 days.

Please be aware that if there is a problem with your payment and/or a delay in creating your express mail shipping label, the processing time will be longer and the shipping of your I-20 will be delayed.

What happens if I can't come to the session that I applied for?

You must email the IEC ( in order to get a new I-20 for the session that you will attend. You will need to create a new express mail shipping label before your new documents will be shipped out.

What if I have a tourist visa?

You may study no more than 18 hours a week at the IEC on a tourist visa.

What documentation will I need when I go through Immigration at the airport?

  • Passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Financial Documentation
  • Admission Letter
  • SEVIS Fee Receipt

General Guidelines about US Immigration

  • US Immigration is similar to the immigration systems of other countries.
  • If you follow all immigration rules and procedures, you can easily avoid immigration problems.
  • You must update your US address in MyCUInfo within 2 weeks of starting classes.
  • It is your responsibility to maintain your legal immigration status.
  • All students receive immigration advising and are required to attend immigration workshops at the IEC based on their immigration status.

Mailing address of the IEC

International English Center
University of Colorado Boulder
63 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0063

Physical address of the IEC

International English Center
1030 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302