Please note this information is only for CTY students attending summer programs in the U.S. Students in other Johns Hopkins University programs must visit http://www.ois.jhu.edu/.
Yes. Students who are not already in the U.S. with an immigration status that allows for study must request an I-20 from the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) and then obtain a nonimmigrant F-1 student visa.
No. CTY summer programs are full time academic programs requiring the F-1 student visa. They are not summer camps and the student should not use a visitor’s visa or the Visa Waiver Program to enter the U.S. for study.
No. Any existing B-1/B-2 visa remains valid for the time printed on the visa stamp. The student must still apply for a separate F-1 student visa for study at CTY. When entering the U.S. for their CTY program, the student must present the F-1 student visa to the border official, NOT the B-1/B-2 visa.
No. CTY’s summer programs are full time academic programs requiring the F-1 student visa. Entering the U.S. with a visitor visa (B-1/B-2) or under the Visa Waiver Program is not appropriate. CTY and OIS are not responsible for legal consequences encountered by a student attempting to enter the U.S. as a visitor. Beware of U.S. Embassy or Consular Officers who may suggest these as alternatives to the F-1 student visa. The Officers are under the incorrect impression that the CTY program is a "summer camp." Politely request that the Officer issue the F-1 student visa.
No. Per U.S. law, students who qualify as U.S. Citizens must use a U.S. passport to enter and depart the U.S. even if they also hold dual citizenship in another country.
It is your choice, but you must select which passport the student will use for his/her I-20 request, F-1 visa application, and entry into the U.S. OIS can only list one country of citizenship on the I-20. Note: if one country has better diplomatic relations with the U.S. than the other country, you may want to choose that country’s passport.
Maybe. If your child will be returning to their current school after CTY, your child does not need a new I-20. Please submit a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org from your child’s current school stating that the child will be returning there to study after their CTY program, and that the current school understands your child will be participating in CTY classes this summer.
If your child will not be returning to their current school after CTY, contact the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) at email@example.com to discuss your case.
Maybe. Contact the JHU Office of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your child’s case.
The child’s passport must be valid for at least 6 more months at the time of entry to the U.S. For all U.S. immigration purposes, use your child’s name exactly as it appears in the child’s passport. Your child’s name on all documents should be identical (passport, visa, I-20).
Yes, you can begin the I-20 request process using your child’s current expired passport. However, you must renew your child’s passport as soon as possible and before your child’s appointment at the U.S. embassy/consulate.
Your child must have an I-20 from JHU to apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. embassy/consulate. Expect to receive an email notification from the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) within 5 business days of receiving your child’s CTY Summer Programs course registration assignment. OIS sends this email notification to the email address(es) you used on your child’s CTY application. Follow the instructions in the email from OIS to request and obtain the I-20. Note: although both parents may receive a message about the I-20 request, submit only one I-20 request per child. Parents should determine who will handle the I-20 request.
You must have these documents to request your child’s I-20 from the JHU Office of International Services (OIS): valid passport, financial documentation, and credit card for eShipGlobal shipping charges.
OIS will ask you to complete an electronic form through iHopkins, which will require you to do the following:
One of the following documents is sufficient:
A copy of a credit card or proof of non-liquid/non-cash assets (such as property) will not be accepted as financial documentation.
This varies by student, but must cover the amount of all CTY fees for your child’s summer course. You can find the fees listed on your CTY invoice. If the child will not be living on campus, provide proof for an additional $1500 for living expenses.
Once you have completed and submitted the electronic request for an I-20, including setting up your eShipGlobal account and paying for shipment, allow 2 weeks for processing. Once OIS generates the I-20, you will receive an email from OIS with instructions for the next steps.
The JHU Office of International Services (OIS) uses only eShipGlobal for all I-20 shipments.
At the time of requesting and I-20 with OIS, CTY participants must sign up and pay for express shipment of I-20s through a service called eShipGlobal. No I-20s will be sent by any other method.
Follow the instructions in the email from JHU’s Office of International Services (OIS). You will complete the request for mailing your I-20 at the same time you request your child’s I-20 via iHopkins.
No. All individuals must use eShipGlobal. No I-20 forms will be sent by any other method.
Follow the instructions in the email provided by JHU’s Office of International Services (OIS). For University name, always use Johns Hopkins University. Note that all I-20 forms are sent from OIS, located in Baltimore, which may be different from the actual CTY site where your child will study.
An eShipGlobal order cannot be modified once created.
For other issues with your shipping order, visit eShipGlobal’s website. Please do not email OIS or CTY regarding changes to eShipGlobal orders. We cannot make changes to orders.
No, OIS ships each I-20 separately.
Contact the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) immediately at email@example.com to correct the error on your I-20.
If the location for your child’s CTY site has changed (as noted in the comments section of the I-20) but the dates of the program have not changed, the child does not need a new I-20 and can use the existing I-20. JHU’s Office of International Services (OIS) will send you an email to acknowledge the change to the site but will not send a new I-20. In addition, CTY will upload a new course registration assignment letter to your child’s MyCTY account.
Take immediate action. If the session dates have changed, even if you are attending the same location, OIS must issue a new I-20. This also requires a new eShipGlobal order and payment. After receiving your child’s new course registration assignment letter via MyCTY, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an updated I-20 containing the new program dates.
If your child added session 1 to session 2, take immediate action. Notify OIS at email@example.com. OIS must issue a new I-20, and you must request and pay for a new shipment order. Log in to iHopkins to submit eShipGlobal Shipment Request e-form. For more Information on shipping, review Shipment of your I-20.
If your child added session 2 to session 1, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an extension of your child’s I-20. OIS will process the I-20 extension after the student has arrived in the U.S. The new I-20 will be mailed to your child’s attention at your child’s CTY site address.
JHU is the sponsor of your child’s F-1 student visa, and all I-20s issued by JHU’s Office of International Services (OIS) include the JHU name and address in Baltimore. However, your child is attending the college or campus listed on your CTY course registration assignment letter and entered under the “Remarks” section of your child’s I-20.
This is the general course registration assignment used by JHU’s Office of International Services (OIS) for all CTY student I-20s. Your child’s actual course is included on your child’s CTY course registration assignment letter.
Make a visa appointment for your child at the U.S. embassy/consulate nearest you AFTER you have your child’s original I-20 in your possession. You will also need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at fmjfee.com before making your visa appointment.
Each U.S. consulate has slightly different processes for the DS-160 visa application. You must go to the consulate’s website for specific instructions and details. Go to www.usembassy.gov and find a link to the U.S. embassy/consulate nearest you.
Documents required with the DS-160 visa application include:
On the DS-160 visa application, you will need both JHU’s F-1 school code (BAL214F00051000) and the child’s SEVIS ID (which will be sent in an email when the I-20 is issued). Both the school code and the SEVIS ID are also printed on the I-20. When applying for your child’s visa, be sure that you specify that you are applying for an F-1 Student Visa, Public or Private College or University, and not for any other visa classification.
The DS-160 is the on-line U.S. non-immigrant visa application. Filling out the electronic DS-160 is the first step of the visa application process with the U.S. embassy/consulate. Completing the DS-160 application requires payment of the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee. After you submit the application, you can sign up for the visa interview.
Enter the campus address for your assigned CTY summer site, available here. If your child is not staying on campus, enter the address of the hotel or host.
Enter the name of the OIS staff member who signed your child’s I-20.
JHU’s F-1 school code is BAL214F00051000.
How long does it take to get an appointment for a visa?
Appointment and processing times for visas vary widely. Go to Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times and check out estimated times for your local embassy or consulate. Note: Check with your local embassy/consulate to find out who should accompany your child to the interview.
The SEVIS Fee is a $200 fee charged to applicants for F-1 student visas. You must pay this fee after the I-20 is issued but before you schedule a visa appointment at the U.S. embassy/consulate. Instructions on the payment of this fee are included in an email from the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) at the time the I-20 is issued.
Note: Print the receipt when you pay this fee. More information (including reprint of SEVIS receipt) is available at fmjfee.com. The SEVIS Fee is different from the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee paid with the DS-160 visa application.
How long does it take to receive my child’s F-1 student visa after the interview?
Appointment and processing times for visas vary widely. Go to Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times and check out estimated times for your local consulate.
No. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda (not including Canadian Landed Immigrants) do not need to obtain an actual visa at a U.S. embassy/consulate to attend CTY. However, they must still:
Upon entry to the U.S., students from Canada or Bermuda must present their passport, original I-20 form, original financial documentation, and SEVIS fee receipt to the U.S. border official, and specifically request entry to the U.S. as an F-1 student. Do not enter as a B-1/B-2 visitor or under the Visa Waiver Program, as these are not appropriate immigration statuses for participation in CTY summer programs.
You may use a valid F-1 visa from previous study. However, you must obtain a new I-20 for this year’s CTY program, and you must pay a new SEVIS fee at fmjfee.com to use the new I-20.
Students may enter up to 30 days before the “Program Start Date” as it appears on their I-20. F-1 students may not enter the U.S. prior to the “Earliest Admission Date” stated on their I-20, which is 30 days prior to the “Program Start Date.”
The U.S. border official should deny entry to students who attempt to enter any earlier than the “Earliest Admission Date.” Also, ensure your child does not use the Visa Waiver Program, B-1/B-2 visa, or any visa other than the F-1 student visa to enter the U.S.
If your child plans to enter the U.S. and subsequently travel outside the U.S. (including to Canada and Mexico) before he or she reports to their CTY program site, contact the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) at email@example.com to discuss options BEFORE TRAVEL.
Students must carry the following documents on their person when entering the U.S. Do not pack original versions of these items in checked luggage.
Also recommended: copies of financial documentation.
Carry these with you onto the airplane (or vehicle if travelling by land). Do not pack them in checked luggage. Luggage will not be available until after you have passed through the U.S. immigration inspection point.
No. Ensure the student carries all required original travel documents with him/her for presentation at the U.S. immigration inspection point. DO NOT PACK THESE DOCUMENTS IN CHECKED LUGGAGE. Photocopies of travel documents cannot be used to cross the U.S. border.
Remain calm. Students will first pass through primary inspection. Many individuals are sent to secondary inspection for clarification of issues that arise in primary inspection. Even if the student is sent to secondary inspection, the border officers will try to resolve the problem and admit the student as quickly as possible.
Students who have problems at the border may ask the border official to call the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) with questions.
Call +1-667-208-7001 during regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
Call +1-443-240-1938 outside regular office hours for emergencies only.
Your child may stay in the U.S. for up to 60 days after their CTY program is complete. However, the child may not depart and reenter the U.S. during this time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance if you have any questions.
No. Your child may stay in the U.S. for up to 60 days after their program is over but the child may not travel outside the U.S. and return using the JHU I-20. This includes any travel to Canada or Mexico. If your child wishes to travel outside the U.S. and return after completing the CTY program, the child must present a valid B-1/B-2 visitor visa to the border official or qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. Contact email@example.com for guidance if you have any questions.
If your child is going directly from CTY to another program of study in the U.S., a transfer of your child’s F-1 student SEVIS record may be required. Please contact the JHU Office of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
CTY works with the JHU Office of International Services (OIS) regarding visa and immigration matters. Send all questions about visas and immigration status to OIS at email@example.com. Please use this email address only for visa/immigration-related questions. Read all materials sent to you from OIS, including this FAQ, before sending individual questions. Allow at least two working days for a response from OIS.
For non-visa matters, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Denial rates are very small and are governed by U.S. law and practice. In case a student visa is denied at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate and you do not wish to reapply (and pay corresponding visa fees), a refund of payments to CTY will be granted in accordance with CTY's refund policy. Neither the Johns Hopkins Office of International Services (OIS) nor CTY control this. CTY does not refund any visa expenses. If your visa is denied and you wish to reapply, contact email@example.com to discuss your case.
Before contacting OIS, please verify these steps: