F-1: I-20 Application - International Students and Scholars Office (2023)

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Learn how to apply for your I-20 and receive your new F-1 immigration status.

Please note that there are additional steps to becoming an international student at UT Dallas, such as: B. Attend orientation and receive your TB test in the United States.intercultural programsoffice supplies suppliesPre and post arrival checklistshelp him. While ISSO can help you with your immigration needs, you should contact the appropriate department with questions about tuition, admissions, and housing. Use theContact list for international studentsto find out which office can best help you.

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  • Apply for the I-20
  • Apply for an F-1 visa
  • authorization
  • report campus
  • frequent questions

To become an F-1 student, apply for an ISO Form I-20 and thenapply for an F-1 visaat a US embassy or consulate.


  • Maybeadmitted to a degree at UT Dallas.
  • Possess a current passport that is about to expire more than 6 months in the future.
  • Terenough fundingto sustain for one school year.

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Apply for the I-20

You apply for your Form I-20 throughiComet. Once your I-20 is approved, you will receive a confirmation email from ISO with an electronic copy of your I-20.

Documents to present

  • Provide UT Dallas Financial Statement Form
  • Additional financial supporting documents, if applicable.Nosupplementary financing documentsyou must meet the requirements listed on the UT Dallas website.
  • Copy of passport identification page.This is the page that displays your name, photo, and expiration date.

how to send

accessiCometwith your UT DallasID de redand password. In the menu on the left, select Prospective Students and click Newly Admitted - F-1 Student.

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Exchange student

If you have an active F-1 record at another US institution, you must transfer your F-1 immigration record to UT Dallas to become a UT Dallas F-1 student. take a look at ourtransfer the videoSign in and see ourtransfer guidefor more details.

How do I send my SEVIS immigration file to UT Dallas?

This is not a document. It is your electronic immigration file in the SEVIS database. Talk to the immigration advisor at the school that has your SEVIS record about the transfer process.

When should I apply for my I-20 transfer?

Submit your SEVIS documents and proof of immigration to UT Dallas ISO before class begins. If you are traveling abroad for the summer, submit your documents well in advance to re-enter the United States on your UT Dallas I-20. you can see theUT Dallas academic calendarto display the semester start date.

Transfer students must begin classes at UT Dallas in the next available semester and must begin classes within 5 months of the transfer posting date or program completion date, whichever comes first.

If you do not start classes within 5 months of your date of entry, you must leave the United States and apply for an initial I-20.

Do I have to do summer courses?

Students transferring to UT Dallas may be required to have a summer session prior to completing a full academic year (two long semesters).

Do I need a new visa?

If you remain in the US while changing schools, you do not need a new visa. If your F-1 visa is still valid, you can still use it for international travel, even if you have changed schools. Changing schools does not invalidate your visa.

If you are unable to start classes at UT Dallas within five months of your transfer posting date, you may receive an initial I-20, leave the United States, and return to the United States up to 30 days before your new transfer date. begin. In this case, we recommend consulting withYour local US Embassy/Consulateto make sure your visa is still valid.

(Video) BEST Steps to Follow After Receiving Form I-20 (2023 Update!)

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Apply for an F-1 visa

February 2023 Policy Update:

The Department of State (DOS) has revised its policy to allow consular officers to issue an F student visa up to 365 days before a new student's I-20 program start date.For more information, you can visit theDOS-StudentenvisumWebsite.

To apply for your F-1 visa, make an appointment with your local representativeEmbassy or Consulate of the United States. The procedure is different at each embassy or consulate, so it is important to check with the specific consulate where you will be applying. For detailed instructions on the visa application process, please visit the ISO website atvisa applications.

You will need the following information when applying for an F-1 visa

  • UT Dallas school code:DAL214F00379000
  • How to pay the mandatoryTariff SEVIS I-901
  • DSO contact information is:
    • Sara Ku
    • 972-883-4189
    • ISSOCurrent@utdallas.edu
    • 800 W Campbell Rd SSB34 Richardson, Texas 75080

you could tooDownload letter from the ISO directormake available to your embassy or consulate. Download it to show at your visa appointment or upon arrival in the US.

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report campus

First-year F-1 students may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their I-20. Page 1 of the I-20 lists the earliest date a student can enter the United States. Beginning students must use their most recent I-20 to travel to the United States.

Upon arrival in the US, you must inform the ISO. This is a Department of Homeland Security requirement.We call this "new student registration." There are three steps. you should graduatethe threeuntil the beginning of class.

  • UpdateGalaxywith a new US address. You must notify the UTD Galaxy portal within 10 days of receiving your new address. ISO will report your new address to DHS. Address information can be updated in the Profile section.
    • If you are initially staying at a temporary residence (hotel, airline B&B, etc.), you can report your temporary address to Galaxy first and update the information later, after you move to your permanent residence.
  • Attend the workshop on how to maintain F-1 status. You have the opportunity to participate in a face-to-face or virtual workshop. At the end of the session, you will have to answer a questionnaire in order for your participation to be counted. See below for available dates and registration details.*
    • OBSERVATION:The F-1 Status Workshop isNosame as International Student Orientation. The ISO F-1 status workshop is separate from the intercultural programsInternational study orientation;bothare required for new international students.
  • Submit immigration documentsiComet(afterCompletion of the workshop and update of the address). After attending an F-1 status workshop and providing your US address, submit a copy of your signed Form I-20, valid F-1 visa, and Form I-94. Log in to iComet, then click Prospective Students, then New Student Registration and complete the Electronic Immigration Document Verification Form.

*Register for the Workshop on Maintaining F-1 Status - Summer/Fall 2023

You must pre-register for the F-1 Status Workshop by attending in person or virtually. Please sign up with your UTD email. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent to your UTD account with instructions on how to join. All times are in US Central Time.

Summer/Fall 2023 Dates and registration will be announced at a later date.

(Video) Form I-20 Travel Signature Explained (F1/J1 Visa International Students Travel Tips)

immigration documents

In the electronic immigration document verification form, submit the following documents.

Formula I-20

Your UT Dallas Form I-20 is not valid until you sign page one. Send a signed copy to the ISO. You will maintain a valid and current Form I-20 during your stay in the United States.

F-1 view

A current and valid visa is required to travel to the United States. Submit a copy of the visa page in your passport.

Formula I-94

The I-94 is issued at the port of entry to the United States. Depending on where you enter the United States, you may be given a blank card or asked to obtain your I-94 information online. Both versions are valid.

  • Card: If you receive a blank card, please send a double-sided copy to the ISO.
  • Electronic: If you have a stamp in your passport, but no card, get your ownInformation I-94online.* Send a copy of the information you access online to ISO. (See Sending documents.)

*To claim your I-94 online, you will be required to complete a short online form. Passport information and date of arrival will be requested. If you get an error, try again with a different format for your name. For example, enter it as it is on your passport and then as it is on the US visa. Print a copy of the I-94 for your records. You will need it for many purposes, e.g. B. for driver's license and social security card applications. Make sure all the information is in English.

If the information online is incorrect or cannot be found, the visitor can obtain a new I-94 from the local authority.Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Deferred Inspection.

frequent questions

I am unable to make the program start date listed on my I-20. What are my options?

The start date of your I-20 program determines when you can travel to the United States. You can participate up to 30 days before the start date of the program. If you are trying to join after the program start date, you may do soMeet challenges at the port of entry. The ISO recommends deferring your admission and Form I-20 for a future semester if you cannot arrive in the United States before the start of classes.

I am abroad, is there a deadline to submit my documents to the ISO for my I-20 to be issued?

No, there is no deadline. It is in your best interest to submit your documentation as soon as possible so that you can receive your I-20 andrequest your visa.

Where can I get information about scholarships and grants?

visit afinancial requirementsScholarship information page. For more information about internships, contact youracademic department. Please note that ISO does not process any information regarding availability, eligibility criteria or application procedures.

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I will complete my degree in less time than indicated on my I-20. Can you issue an I-20 with a shorter schedule?

The Department of Homeland Security requires UT Dallas to establish a program duration for the I-20 issued by the ISO. The length of the program is determined by the university and your I-20 reflects the standard length of the program.

Please note that UT Dallas students are free to choose completion of the program. The duration of the program is average. Some students can complete a program in less time, while others take longer. However, the I-20 must reflect the average time.

The name of my course on my I-20 is different. How can I change it?

USCIS requires all institutions to use a standard code for all programs. The program name that appears on the I-20 is the name provided by USCIS, and the program code is the code that UT Dallas uses to identify your current program name.

The full list of UTD program names and standardized codes can be found atUnderstand your I-20 website.

If you have any questions about your course, please get in touch.your academic department.

Where can I get my admission letter?

You can view your admission notice on yourgalactic portal. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions and Applications Department atZulassung@utdallas.edu.

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How early can a DSO issue an I-20? ›

The Form I-20 lists a student's program start date. F-1 and M-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the student's course of study start date. Students are expected to have the original Form I-20 at their visa interview.

How long does it take for I-20 to be issued? ›

The date is usually on or around your last day of classes of your current term. After receipt of all required documents, it takes about 2–3 weeks for your I-20 to be processed.

How many units does an F-1 visa International student with an I-20 have to be enrolled in every fall and spring semester? ›

A full course of study is as follows: Fall and Spring semester: F-1 visa students are required to enroll in and complete a minimum of twelve (12) units in the fall and spring semester.

Can I get my I-20 online? ›

You may print the Form I-20 after you have electronically submitted the Form I-20 and after you have made updates to the Form I-20. Note: Printing a copy of the Form I-20 requires that Adobe Reader Version 5.0 or later be installed on your computer.

How much does an I-20 visa cost? ›

At least three days prior to your visa interview, you will be required to pay the Visa fees of $ 200 that covers the cost of IT system utilized for recording your stay in the USA, (SEVIS). You can pay this from internationally valid credit card, by going to www.fmjfee.com .

What documents are required for I-20? ›

Some of the financial documents for I-20 are:
  • Personal or sponsor's bank statements.
  • Provident funds.
  • Fixed deposit.
  • Scholarship proof.
  • Loan sanction letter.

How much bank balance is required for US student visa? ›

While there are no rules requiring a minimum bank balance to apply for a student visa for the USA from India, it costs approximately $500 USD to obtain your F-1 student visa. The cost is broken down into two fees: the I-901 SEVIS fee ($350) and the DS-160 form fees ($160).

How much is the F1 Visa fee? ›

An F1 visa allows international students to study full time at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved university in the United States. F1 visa costs are around $510 per application, and you should apply at least three months before your course start date.

How long is the F1 Visa processing? ›

Processing with USCIS can take 6 – 8 months plus mailing time or longer depending on USCIS processing times. While the application is pending you may not leave the United States.

What is the difference between F-1 and I-20 visa? ›

The Form I-20 lists your program start date, 30 days before which you are allowed to enter the United States. F-1 and M-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date.

How Long Can F1 visa students stay in the US after their program ends? ›

Transcript. International students studying in the United States often wonder if they can stay in the country after they graduate on an F1 visa. International students are allowed to stay 60 days after graduation or after the program end date to wrap up their affairs, do some tourism, whatever.

Is I-20 enough for F1 visa? ›

If you are applying for an F-1 student visa or a M-1 student visa, you first need to obtain the I-20 form, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, to travel to the US.

What is best way to request a new I-20? ›

How to Request a Replacement I-20 or DS-2019
  1. To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged I-20 or DS-2019, submit the Travel Signature & I-20 Reprint Request in your MyISSS profile.
  2. Allow time for ISS processing.
  3. You will receive an email from ISS when your document is issued.

Can I-20 be emailed? ›

As of June 28, 2021, the Office of International Education (OIE) discontinued the issuance of paper I-20 forms to students and instead issues digitally-signed electronic I-20 forms. OIE advisors digitally sign the electronic I-20 form and provide the PDF file directly to students in a protected sharing format.

How to apply for I-20 in USA? ›

The first step is to apply to a SEVP-approved school in the United States. After the SEVP-approved school accepts your enrollment, you will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The SEVP-approved school will issue you a Form I-20.

How long does F1 visa interview take? ›

It is important to understand that while the Visa Interview is an integral part of your US Student Visa Application, it is by no means the lengthiest. In fact, on average, the US Visa Interview would last about 3 to 4 minutes (sometimes even lesser).

How long can I stay in the US I-20? ›

If a student completes the program of study prior to the completion date, the I-20 will automatically expire on the date the student completes. A student has an automatic grace period of 60 days upon the completion of studies.

Can a F-1 student get a Social Security number? ›

Students holding F-1 and J-1 status who are employed in the U.S. must apply for a Social Security number. Dependents in F-2 status are not eligible for a Social Security number.

How much bank balance is required for I-20? ›

There is no set amount for the US visa, and therefore, this amount could vary depending on the university you are attending. But as a general rule, students should show 1.5 times the amount mentioned in their I-20. For example, the amount mentioned in your I-20 is $25,000 for the first year.

How much funds you need to show for F-1 visa? ›

There is no fixed minimum bank balance for US student visa, but one should have 10,000 USD and above to get F-1 visa. Suggested: How Much Funds to Show for an F-1 Student Visa?

What is proof of finances for F-1 visa? ›

The United States government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the forms needed for obtaining a visa can be issued. This proof can come in the form of personal or family bank letters, bank statements, stock statements, company sponsorships, etc.

How do I show proof of funds for student visa? ›

The education loan provider will give you proof of funds once your loan is approved. So, your loan approval letter or the disbursement letter from your student loan provider will act as proof of funds to secure a student visa.

What are F1 visa interview questions? ›

F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers
  • Why are you going to the United States? ...
  • Where did you go to school now? ...
  • Why are you planning to continue your education? ...
  • How many colleges did you apply to? ...
  • Do you know your professors at that university? ...
  • Have you been to the United States before?

Who can be my sponsor for F1 visa? ›

For students willing to study in the US, parents and relatives can very well be accommodated as sponsors. Applicants can also look for education loans to sponsor their study in the US. In some cases employers can also sponsor F-1 visa provided they are ready to employ applicants post their study abroad.

What are F1 visa requirements? ›

You may enter in the F-1 or M-1 visa category provided you meet the following criteria: You must be enrolled in an "academic" educational program, a language-training program, or a vocational program. Your school must be approved by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program, Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

How much cash can F-1 student carry to USA? ›

There is no maximum limit, however, any amount exceeding $10,000 USD must be declared upon arrival on both the Form 6059B and FinCEN 105. All forms must be filled in completely and truthfully.

How long can an F-1 student stay in the US? ›

Once you complete your program of study and any authorized period of practical training, F students have 60 days after completion of your program (the program end date on your Form I-20) to leave the United States.

Is US F1 visa interview easy? ›

Therefore, it is very crucial for you to cross this stage to make your abroad dreams a reality. Clearing a visa interview is not difficult; however, if you didn't perform well, then you might have to face rejection, even if you have an excellent academic record.

Can you get f1 visa without I-20? ›

Pre-Application Checklist

Your I-20 is required when applying for an F-1 student visa at an American embassy or consulate and for entry into the United States. This I-20 has been produced by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and is an acknowledgement that your record is in the SEVIS system.

Why do F-1 visas get rejected? ›

“The financial documents need to cover at least one year of expenses — including tuition, insurance, dining, living, books, and miscellaneous.” Lack of proof of sufficient finances is one of the top F-1 visa rejection reasons. You must also be able to show you have access to funds for your entire program.

What to do after getting I-20 form? ›

Once you receive the I-20 form, the next step is to apply for visa processing.
The following documents are required at the OFC centre:
  1. DS-160 Confirmation.
  2. I-20 Form.
  3. Copy of Passport.
  4. Visa Appointment letter.
  5. Fees Receipt.
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What is the 5 month rule for F1 visa? ›

F-1 Student 5-Month Rule – Reentry after absence of more than 5 months. If an F-1 student is out of the United States for more than five consecutive months (and not on study/research abroad), their SEVIS Record must be terminated.

How to go from F-1 to Green Card? ›

The five most common ways to turn an F-1 visa into lawful permanent residency are:
  1. Self-petitioning as a person of extraordinary ability.
  2. Receiving employer sponsorship.
  3. Adjusting status to a dual-intent visa.
  4. Becoming an investor.
  5. Marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Can F-1 students leave us and come back? ›

Automatic visa revalidation allows most F-1 students to take a trip of less than 30 days to countries contiguous to the United States and reenter on an expired visa provided you have proper documentation and have not applied for a new visa during the visit.

What are the chances of getting F1 Visa in second attempt? ›

I asked many experienced foreign ministry officers, they said there are 99.99% chances of visa rejection in second attempt with the same school, profile and semester. I had already invested 1.5lakhs in admission process and was not ready to waste it for not giving a last try. Still there is 00.01% chance of success.

How often should you request to have your I-20 shipped to you? ›

You need to request a physical copy of your I20 to be shipped every semester.

How much is SEVIS fee now? ›

You will need to fill in a Form I-901 with information from your Form I-20 or DS-2019 and pay the required fee. For most people, the I-901 SEVIS fee is $350. See the Fee Amount Chart for more detailed fee information.

Who can issue an I20 form? ›

Students receive a Form I-20 from their Designated School Official (DSO). The appropriate I-20 Form is issued based on the school you are going to attend is in F-1 or M-1 status. Every school that accepts you will send an I-20 form once you pay the fee.

Can I print my I-20 for visa interview? ›

Yes, the electronic copy of the signed I-20 WILL be accepted for visa appointments, you can print the signed I-20 copy out to carry with you to your visa appointment. You can also use it to enter the US.

Do you need physical copy of I-20? ›

Print the I-20

After receiving your digitally signed I-20, you will need to print a hard copy to apply for your F1 visa and travel with it in hand when you enter the U.S. Presenting your electronic I-20 on your phone, tablet or laptop will not be acceptable for any official purpose.

How long does it take to generate I-20? ›

The I-20 processing time for schools in general can be anywhere between 5-7 business days.

How much is the I-20 fee? ›

The $350 fee can be paid through the mail. Submit a completed Form I-901 and a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency. The fee can also be paid through a sponsor.

How early can a DSO recommend OPT? ›

May apply up to 90 days before you complete a full academic year, as long as you do not start OPT employment until you complete one full academic year.

How many days after the change does a DSO have to record general updates to student records such as a change of address? ›

The student's personal information is available for editing by the designated school official (DSO), when the student is in an Initial or Active status. DSOs are required to update this information in SEVIS within 21 days of the change.

Can DSO deny SEVIS transfer? ›

SEVIS records are government property. A DSO may not refuse to transfer records for a student accepted by another SEVP-certified school for any reason; including financial or business reasons. Please note the SEVIS transfer process is a transfer of SEVIS records only.

What is the deadline to report to SEVP portal when you start a new employment on OPT? ›

While on 12-month post-completion OPT, you must report the start and end of your employment to SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) within 10 days of occurrence.

Do you get a new I-20 after OPT approval? ›

They will need to issue you a new Form I-20. Your Post OPT status will terminate on the effective date of your new Student Visa Document (i.e. start date as listed on Page 1 of the Form I20), or on the Release Date from our school to your new institution, whichever comes first.

How fast can OPT be approved? ›

How long does it take to get authorization for OPT and when should I apply? Authorization for OPT is granted by USCIS and processing takes an average of 3-5 months. Therefore, it is important that you apply for the authorization well in advance of the date you wish to start working.

What happens if you work more than 20 hours on a student visa in USA? ›

If International Students work over 20 hours per week, they violate the regulations of their legal status which results in their loss of the right to work in the United States.

Can students check SEVIS status? ›

You may check your current SEVIS status by talking to your designated school official or responsible officer. For questions, send a detailed e-mail to fmjfee.SEVIS@ice.dhs.gov.

What are the reasons for SEVIS termination? ›

Reasons for the termination of a SEVIS Record include:

Expulsion and suspension. Failure to enroll in classes. Enrollment in too many online classes. Failure to report OPT employment (automatic action by SEVIS, the database that produces your I-20)

What is earliest admission date in I-20? ›

The Form I-20 lists your program start date, 30 days before which you are allowed to enter the United States. F-1 and M-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. Your type of student visa must match the type of Form I-20 you have (e.g., F-1 or M-1).

Do I have to pay SEVIS fee again F1 visa rejection? ›

If you want to apply for an F1 visa again then a new application must be created, the visa fee must be paid again, and another interview needs to be scheduled.

Do I have to pay SEVIS fee again after visa rejection? ›

The SEVIS fee will not be refunded but if you apply again for an F-1 visa within 12 months of a visa denial you will not have to pay the fee again.

Can I pay SEVIS fee a day before visa interview? ›

Students are recommended to pay this fee before they start filling their Visa Application Form (DS 160) as the receipts of the payments are sent by post and might take up to 15 days to arrive. Also, the receipt, in original, would be required when you submit the documents.

What happens when your Sevp portal is closed? ›


The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) will close your SEVP Portal account on <date of closure>. You have 15 days after the end date of your OPT authorization to make any updates. On <date 16 days after the OPT authorization end date> the account will change to read only.

Can I work while waiting for OPT approval? ›

OPT Card: No. The employee cannot work while waiting for the OPT card. STEM OPT Card: Yes.

What is the SEVP portal and when can you start using it? ›

The SEVP Portal is an important tool that lets F-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and M-1 students participating in practical training meet their legal reporting requirements. Use the resources below to learn how to get started with the SEVP Portal and maintain information in the portal.


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