The Nonimmigrant Information Form (NIF)

What is the NIF?

The Non-immigrant Information Form (NIF) is an online application form that gathers information from international students about their status in the U.S. The NIF is also used to request a Certificate of Eligibility I-20 or DS-2019 for those who will have F-1 or J-1 student status while at UC Berkeley.  

The NIF is for Fall or Spring admitted students in degree or exchange programs. If you are attending UC Berkeley for Summer Sessions only, see our Summer Sessions information.

Who Must Complete The NIF

All non-immigrant students must complete the NIF as part of their admissions acceptance. This includes students who intend to hold F-1 or J-1 status, as well as other classifications such as E-2, J-2, L-2 and H-4 (see Other Visa Classifications).

Accessing The NIF

Approximately 2-10 business days after submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), you can log in to the NIF:

-Fall Admits: NIF access starts in March.
-Spring Admits: NIF access starts in September.

If you are unable to access the NIF or have technical difficulties with it, contact
Berkeley International Office office at nif@berkeley.edu.  

Required Materials for Completing The NIF

Gather the following items before you start the NIF:

  • Your Student /CalNet ID and PIN/passphrase
  • Your Passport
  • Required Funding Documentation
  • Family Information (spouse and children, if joining you in the U.S.)
  • U.S. Immigration information and documents (if you are currently in the U.S.)
  • Your SEVIS number and release date (for transfer students only)

The NIF Tutorial

Review this introduction to the NIF and find out how to get your I-20 or DS-2019.

Open the Tutorial as a PowerPoint [pps]
Open the Tutorial as a PDF

NIF Skype Advising:

Mondays from 9-10am (PT)
Wednesdays from 4-5pm (PT)

After reviewing the tutorial, do you have questions about the NIF process? Video Chat with an advisor on Skype. Please have your student ID number ready.

Instructions:

  1. Login to Skype.
  2. Search for "Berkeley International Office."
  3. Add us as a contact.
  4. We will approve it.
  5. Call us with your question!

Correcting Information on Your NIF

Once you submit the online NIF Form, you can no longer make changes electronically. If you already submitted the online NIF Form, please make handwritten notes of all the changes on the NIF Cover Page before you send it to our office. We will make the corrections once we receive your documentation. Make sure handwritten updates are clear and legible; cross out anything that needs correcting. If you have already sent your NIF to Berkeley International Office, email NIF@berkeley.edu with your changes.

Track Your NIF Progress 

If you have submitted the NIF online and have mailed all the required information to Berkeley International Office, we will send an email confirmation within three (3) business days after receiving your NIF materials. If there are any problems with your NIF, we will contact you by email. Please track the processing status of your NIF application by logging into the The NIF.

Receiving Your I-20 or DS-2019

It will take approximately two weeks to produce your I-20 or DS-2019 (not including mail delivery time) after receiving a COMPLETE NIF application which includes:

Your document will be sent via regular mail unless you request Fed Ex service.  Regular mail can take 1-3 weeks, depending on your delivery location. FedEx service will expedite your I-20/DS-2019 delivery time significantly.  See the Express Mail payment instructions to receive your documents via FedEx.

Summer Enrollment

If you have decided to start early by enrolling in the UC Berkeley Summer Session program, including Freshman Edge, Summer Bridge or Transfer Edge, you must enroll in full-time units (if summer is your first semester in the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1). You must request an I-20 or DS-2019 to cover both summer and fall programs. Follow the steps in the online NIF and at our web site: Fall Admits Starting in Summer.