Office of the University Registrar

May 20, 2020

Residency & ELPR Office Updates

These updates are for UW Seattle current and prospective students only.
UW Bothell and Tacoma current and prospective students – please visit the respective campus’s website for more information.

Advising Services

The Residency/ELPR Office is currently offering virtual appointments only (via Zoom) until further notice. Zoom advising appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 4pm.

Students are strongly encouraged to check their email at least two hours prior to the appointment time for Zoom meeting information. Students may access their Zoom meeting by telephone or computer audio.

Student Privacy

Reminder to parents and third-party representative(s) of a current or newly admitted UW student: Staff will be unable to discuss your student’s residency status or application with you due to federal and state privacy laws and office policy. Please have the student schedule the appointment. Additionally, the student must be present during the appointment.

Info to schedule an appointment

Application Submissions and Review Process

Please note the following important changes to the application and document submission process.

  • Winter 2020 residency applicants submitting additional documents: The deadline to submit additional documents for the Winter 2020 quarter was Friday, March 20, 2020. Any additional documents submitted after this deadline will be reviewed for the Spring 2020 quarter. Please follow the submission instruction for Spring 2020, below. There is no retroactive backdating, or retroactive review to previous quarters.
  • Spring 2020 applicants: The deadline to file a new application and supporting documents for this Spring 2020 quarter’s consideration has passed (April 30, 2020). Additional documents requested by our office must be submitted online with a deadline of June 12, 2020.
    Spring 2020 Residency Application & Document Upload
  • Summer 2020 applicants: Initial applications and any supporting documents filed for this Summer 2020 quarter’s consideration must be submitted through the online submission form by July 22, 2020 (statutory deadline). This deadline applies regardless of Full-Term, A-Term, or B-Term enrollment. Additional documents requested by our office must also be submitted online with a deadline of August 21, 2020.
    Summer 2020 Residency Application & Document Upload

Document Requirements

We are not accepting mailed copies of documents. All submissions must be made via the online portal. However, students should keep the hard copy of their submission(s) as we may request the these in the future.

The online submission portal has detailed instructions on how to proceed with the upload process. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Be sure application and supporting documents are submitted within the respective deadlines
  • Be sure application and supporting documents are submitted to the correct quarter’s online submission portal as detailed above.
  • The initial submission for the quarter must include the student’s fully completed and signed (physical signature or certified e-signature) residency application to begin a review
  • Be sure documents are uploaded in the correct file format (PDF, PNG, or JPG)
  • This online submission portal is only for UW Seattle students. Applications for UW Bothell or Tacoma should be submitted to the respective campuses.

All communication about the student’s application status will be sent by email to their UW address.

Additional Information

Students can find more information about the residency requirements and the English Language Proficiency requirement on their respective webpages. Students are welcome to also direct their specific questions via email to

Further notifications will be provided if processes change.