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.  I-20s have space to show 2 major names.

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:

When will my new I-20 be ready?

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. 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.