NYSID’s diverse student body is integral to our culture and success.

We take great pride in the fact that international students make up nearly 24% of our student population, and NYSID students hail from 33 countries. The diversity allows for an interesting exchange of ideas and fosters a respect for different perspectives and cultures.  

The International Student Office provides services and support to prospective and current international students who require an F1 student visa to attend NYSID. We guide students through the required paperwork to complete an application, what is needed to apply for a student visa, entering the US, and, once students are here, helping them acclimate to New York City.

Support is provided to international students for the entire time they are studying at NYSID. This can be anything from offering assistance with travel authorizations, helping with cultural adjustment, and organizing international student programs or workshops.

New York School of Interior Design is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. 

Application Process and Requirements

International students need to fill out a general admissions application, as well as provide additional documentation. 

Students who hold other visa types will be required to complete international requirements but do not need to provide financial documentation.  If the applicant plans to change their visa status to F1, they will need to complete the Financial Documentation requirement and contact the International Student and Scholar Services Manager, 212-472-1500, ext. 203.


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After You Are Admitted

After you are admitted, the International Student and Scholar Services Manager will contact you within two weeks via email with the Form I20 application. Once you have completed the Form I20 application and the International Student Office receives it, along with financial documentation, and evidence of your submitted declaration of intent/tuition deposit, we will send your I20 Certificate of Eligibility. This is the form needed to apply for F1 student visa. 

When you receive the document, be sure to review it carefully and inform the International Student Office if any part of it is incorrect. Pay special attention to the spelling of your name, country of birth, citizenship, program, dates of attendance, and funding information. Be sure to sign and date the Form I20.

Along with your Form I20, your bank statements will be returned, which will be needed to apply for a student visa. You will also receive information about the international student orientation and health insurance. 


Transfer Students

If you are transferring to NYSID from another U.S. college, university or English language school, we will also need a transfer form (included in the Form I20 application), to be completed by your current International Student Office. After your current school releases your SEVIS record to NYSID, you will receive your NYSID transfer Form I20. If your F1 visa is still valid, you are not required to apply for a new visa even if your visa has another school name on it. If your visa is expired and you plan to travel outside the U.S. before the start of your studies, you will need to apply for a new visa with NYSID information for your return.


Applying for a Student Visa

After receiving your I20, you will need to do the following:

Find Your Country’s U.S. Embassy/Consulate

  • Click here to find the location nearest to you. Schedule a visa interview; ideally soon after receiving your I20. All countries have different processing times.

Submit the DS160 Application for a Visa

  • Instructions are on your U.S. Embassy’s website. Please consult the website for payment options.

Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee

  • All initial attendance students will need to pay the I-901 (SEVIS) fee. Be sure to retain a receipt for the visa interview. If you are a transfer student or currently on Optional Practical Training you will not need to pay the SEVIS fee.

  • NOTE: Canadians are not required to apply for a visa but will still need to pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. You will be required to show the documents described below at the Port of Entry to attain F1 status.

Prepare For Your Visa Interview

You may need to submit the following documents: valid passport, NYSID admission letter, NYSID I20, previous educational transcripts, proof of English proficiency, sponsor’s original funding documents including bank statements, tax forms, and employment letters. Be prepared to provide proof of economic, social, family, or other commitments that will help demonstrate that you intend to return to your home country after studying in the U.S. 

Plan your Travels to New York City

When making arrangements, keep in mind that current regulations state that you can only enter the U.S. in F1 status no more than 30 days prior to your program start date. Please refer to your I20 for your specific program start date. 

If you have signed up to live in NYSID housing, please plan your travels accordingly with the scheduled move-in date.

At Port of Entry

  • Complete I94 while in flight to the US or at the Port of Entry if entering the U.S. by land.

  • At Port of Entry (POE) be prepared to show your passport, I20, and F1 student visa. Keep the documents that were needed for the visa interview on hand in your carry-on luggage.

  • There will be a brief interview with a customs and border patrol (CBP) officer.

  • Retain your passport, I20 and your newly stamped I94 showing “F-1- D/S”.


After You Arrive

Get in touch with your International Student Advisor. Feel free to contact your advisor by e-mail and let him/her know you have arrived safely or need help getting settled, opening a bank account, etc.

Attend the International Student Orientation

The international student orientation is mandatory. It will provide information on immigration issues, health insurance, maintaining student status, cultural adjustment, and a brief introduction to NYC. You will find out the date and time of orientation when you get your I20. 

Attend the General Student Orientation

The information at this session is completely different than international student orientation. It will cover everything from using the library, the NYSID Portal, security, and study skills. It is also the time to obtain your student identification card. General student orientation is always the day after the international student orientation.