Returning to WFU

For returning F-1 & J-1 international students only.

Undergraduate Students: If you wish to seek re-admission or resumption, you must first contact the Office of Academic Advising.

Graduate Students: If you wish to seek re-admission or resumption, please contact your program directly to ask about your eligibility to enroll in the upcoming semester.

IMPORTANT: To ensure enough time to receive your documents, international students in F-1 or J-1 visa status must allow a minimum of 60 days from the date of re-admission/resumption to return to WFU and begin classes. This is necessary to allow adequate time to re-issue a new I-20/Ds-2019 and apply for a new F-1 or J-1 visa.

  • Please allow 7-10 business days for ISS to issue the new I-20 or DS-2019 form. J-1 students should allow an additional 1-2 weeks to receive it in the mail.
  • F-1 students: Once you download the I-20, you must pay the SEVIS fee and apply for a new F-1 visa. However, if your current F-1 visa is valid and you have been outside the U.S. for less than 5 months, you may use your current visa to re-enter the U.S. on the newly issued I-20.

Check-in Reminder: Once you are issued an I-20 or DS-2019 from Wake Forest, you must report to ISS (Reynolda 17) within 10 days of your program start date. Please bring the following original documents with you to check-in​:​

  1. Passport
  2. F or J Visa Stamp (in passport)
  3. Form I-20 or Form DS-2019
  4. Form I-94: print from cbp.gov/i94 after you arrive in the U.S.