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How to Change Wrong Date of Birth on the I-20 from the University?

After, long struggle, you got your admisison from a US University. Then wait for another two weeks to receive your I-20. While inspecting the I-20, you notice incorrect Date of Birth on the I-20.

What would you do?

That’s what Pravin wants to know.

A big problem actually. I received the I20 from the university, but the birth date mentioned is wrong. Can I take a letter from the university that it is a mistake for the F1 Visa visa interview or do I need to get a new I-20 from the University? Could you please suggest me something?

Guess what?

This is a problem that happens quite frequently. Here’s why this could have happened.

  • You gave an incorrect date of birth on your application
  • University entered the wrong date of birth while entering the data into the SEVIS system

Now, let’s figure out what can be done and what should be done.

Wrong Date of Birth on I-20

So, it really doesn’t matter who made the mistake, you can request the university to issue new I-20.

In fact, you should get a new I-20 ASAP, provided you are planning to attend the visa interview for that specific university.

To avoid such mistakes, it’s always advisable to send a copy of your passport along with application documents.

If your visa interview date is approaching, have them send the new I-20 through express services like FedEx or DHL.

These days, there are third-party companies from e-Ship global. You would contact and pay them.

i20 wrong date of birth express shipping

They would contact the university to arrange for express shipping.

It’s cheaper than FedEx and DHL, but in the backend, they are using one of those services.

Typically universities will not send via express mail, but you can request and pay for it.

Don’t attend the F1 Visa interview without receiving the new I-20.

And if you don’t plan on attending the specific university, then please don’t request New I-20. You are wasting university personnel’s resource and time.

Now, you got the I-20, next step is to ensure you are getting ready for the F1 Visa Interview. Please check out 100’s of visa interview experiences and interview analysis.


  1. sarath on December 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    hi raghu,

    I Guess i need your help,i had the same problem as mentioned here i.e. incorrect DOB,I just want to know whether the concerned institute issue me the corrected I20 with the previous I20 no? Or will it be a new I20 no.?

  2. George on May 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    They can give you a new i-20 on request. If the wrong date was a mistake from their part, they for sure wont hesitate to issue a new one.

  3. Ganapathi Raju K on May 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Generally I-20’s do have DOB printed in MMDDYYYY format.
    Is there any chance of this interpreted as mistake.
    JIC point of view.

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