Get started on your visa application.
International Student and Scholar Services is here to support you during the F-1 and J-1 visa application process. Below you can read about the process, refer to our application checklist, and fill out the application for your I-20 or DS-2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you prepare for to travel to the U.S. you may have questions about the visa application process and the documentation required to procure your visa. Here is a list of the most common questions we receive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once your I-20 application or DS-2019 application and supporting documentation have been submitted to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and your tuition deposit is paid, your I-20 or DS-2019 will be created. After your I-20 or DS-2019 has been created, you will receive an email with information that will allow you to start the visa application process while waiting for your documents to arrive. In this email, we will also confirm your preferred mailing method for your documents. The I-20 or DS-2019 will be mailed with your original admissions letter and scholarship letter (if applicable), as well as any original document that was submitted with the I-20 or DS-2019 application (financial documents, etc.).
If you would like your documents sent by regular first-class mail, then ISSS will need to confirm the mailing address.
If you would like to have your document sent by express mail, you will need register your FedEx or DHL request with eShipGlobal. Express mail instructions are also in the I-20 or DS-2019 application.
Please keep in mind that you will need to receive the original I-20 or DS-2019 before going for your visa interview.
Yes. In addition to completing the I-20 or DS-2019 application, you will need to provide a copy of your passport and evidence of your financial support. You or your financial guarantor needs to provide the Institute with the original bank statements (or scanned copies) that have been issued within the last six months for your I-20 or DS-2019 application to be considered complete. You will need original bank documents to present for your visa interview. If you decide to mail your documents to ISSS, all original bank documents will be sent back with your I-20 or DS-2019.
If you are providing support from a loan or scholarship, we need to see the loan approval notice issued from the lender or your scholarship award letter issued by the sponsoring organization or foundation. Until the loan or scholarship has been issued, we will not be able to issue you the Form I-20 or DS-2019.
If you are bringing dependents, you will also need to provide copies of their passports as well as show additional financial support to cover the estimated cost of living.
U.S. embassies and consulates are required to collect a $200 (F-1) or $180 (J-1) SEVIS fee before issuing F-1 or J-1 visas for first-time visa applicants only. For students who need F-1 or J-1 visa renewal while attending the Institute, this SEVIS fee is not applicable.
Please visit the SEVIS website, www.fmjfee.com, for information about paying the fee.
All financial documentation submitted to ISSS needs to be in English. If your financial institution cannot provide a document in English, then a certified translated copy can be submitted with the original document.
Dependents are considered your spouse (wife or husband) and unmarried children under the age of 21. Each of your dependents will be issued an I-20 or DS-2019 in order to apply for the F-2 or J-2 visa. A copy of a dependent's passport and financial documentation showing support for estimated cost of living must be received by ISSS before an I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued.
The required amount for the 2019–2020 academic year is $66,382 for a two year master's degree program. This amount may differ if pursuing an advanced entry degree. Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.
If you are receiving merit scholarship, this is considered financial support, and one year of the scholar can be applied toward the cost that ISSS needs to verify. You will be required to provide additional financial documentation showing the difference. For example, if you are receiving a $10,000 merit scholarship, then you will only need to show $56,382.
If you are bringing a spouse and/or children to the U.S. with you, you will need to show additional amounts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the amount of support you will need to show for a spouse and/or child.
Can I use copies of my or my guarantor's tax return document (1040) from last year as a substitute for submitting the I-20 or DC-2019 application and/or bank statements?
No. The tax return information from last year only tells us you or your sponsor’s income from last year. We need to know if you have the sufficient funds set aside for your studies at the Institute.
The Department of State can issue the visa for your program no more than 120 days prior to the start of your program as indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019. It is recommended that you apply for the visa as soon as possible.
If you will continue to receive your same salary while attending the institution, this would be considered your own personal funds. If your employer will be paying above your salary or specifically for tuition expenses, you should provide a letter from your employer identifying what they will be paying. If this is a small business, your employer will need to show a bank statement.
If you have any additional questions not addressed here, feel free to contact International Student and Scholar Services.