International Student Services

New Major I-20s

F-1 regulations require that schools notify the U.S. government when international students declare or update their majors.

ISS receives information about majors and minors directly from the UW master student database.


When we send the government information on majors, it generates a new I-20 printout.

Please note: the major MUST be current in order for ISS to issue the new I-20. We can’t print major information for pending majors.


Changes to minors do not generate a new I-20. Minor changes are updated in the SEVIS database electronically, but not printed on a new I-20.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I request my new major I-20?

You do not need to contact ISS to request that we update your I-20 with new major or minor information — it will happen automatically.

When will my new I-20 be ready?

You will receive an email when your new I-20 is ready for pickup. Usually this happens in the 4th – 6th week of the quarter.

I got my new I-20, and my major is different than I expected. Why is that?

The U.S. government has a system where each university major has a government code number (called a CIP code) and a matching standard name. This is because universities can use very different “preferred names” for their programs of study, and the CIP code system helps standardize information from school to school.

The code number and matching standard name for your major or academic program print on your I-20. UW’s name for your major does not print.

Where can I see the CIP code number and standard name on my I-20?

Contact ISS About Major or CIP Code Issue

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