I-20 Evaluation & Issuance
1. Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant F-1 Student Status)
International students planning to study at Shippensburg University are required to submit the appropriate documents in order to be issued a Form I-20. These documents include:
- An Admission Application for International Students and the non-refundable $40 Application Fee
- Transcripts from your previous academic institution(s)
- Note: Undergraduate and Graduate applicants must submit official copies of all academic records from the secondary (and post-secondary, if applicable) school. This is required if you are from a country where English is not the official language of instruction. official transcripts must be sent directly to an International Credential Evaluator for evaluation purposes. Shippensburg University accepts credentials that are evaluated by World Education Services (WES - www.wes.org), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE - www.ece.org), or a NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluating Services) recognized evaluating entity. Examples of these entities can be found by visiting the NACES web link.
- Documentation of financial support for one full academic year including:
- Shippensburg University Statement of Financial Support
- Bank statement from sponsor demonstrating available funds
- Verification of sponsor's income
Applying for an F-1 Student Visa in your Home Country
Now that you have been academically admitted, you should have received your Form I-20 from Shippensburg University. You must now use your Acceptance Letter and Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa in your home country. You must travel to a United States Consulate or Embassy in order to do this. The following documents should be taken with you when you apply:
- A valid passport
- Form I-20 from Shippensburg University
- Financial documentation indicating your ability to support yourself while in the United States. Examples include a Statement of Financial Support from your sponsor, bank statement and/or letters indicating that you have been awarded a scholarship.
- Documentation demonstrating your intent to return to your home country once your degree is complete. Examples include family property ownership, bank accounts, a job offer upon completion of your degree, etc.
Additional documents could be required. Country specific processing guidance can be accessed at: http://www.usembassy.gov/ and you are encouraged to check this website for information relevant to your country of residence visa requirements.
***Students are also required to pay the SEVIS 901 fee which is $200. Additional information can be found at: https://www.fmjfee.com. The fee must be paid prior to applying for the F-1 visa.***