I-20 is a required form that describes an educational program and determines legal status for F-1 foreign students in the United States.

Here's a sample I-20: http://www.unh.edu/oiss/sites/www.unh.edu.oiss/files/general/i-20_2.jpg

  • That form dates to 1988! Commented May 25, 2015 at 21:56

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It is issued by DHS nowadays. The forms you're seeing haven't been updated since DHS was created; these matters used to be handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department (where most federal law enforcement was located), but in 2003 INS was split into various pieces and all were transferred to DHS (which was created that same year).


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