Immigration & Visa Information
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for the admission of different classes of nonimmigrants who are foreign nationals seeking temporary admission to the United States. The purpose of the nonimmigrant’s intended stay in the United States determines his or her proper nonimmigrant classification. F-1 nonimmigrants, as defined in section 101(a)(15)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), are foreign students coming to the United States to pursue a full course of academic study in SEVP-approved schools.
However, public high schools may only enroll an F-1 student for one year. F-1 students cannot spend a year at one public high school and then transfer to another public high school. Public schools are funded through tax revenue and not tuition, F-1 students attending an SEVP-certified public secondary school must pay the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of attending school for one year.
Under US immigration law, you must verify sufficient financial documentation of funds available for study in the US for you and your dependents, as applicable. Note: If a financial document is under someone else’s name, the account holder must fill out a Financial Support Letter to be submitted with the financial document.
Financial documents must clearly state bank name or logo, account number (partial is acceptable), account holder’s name, date of statement, and account balance. Date on the financial document cannot be more than 90 days ago.
The student’s financial evidence must be received and should verify that the student has sufficient assets before issuing the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
Acceptable Financial Documents
- Scholarship Letters
- Bank and Investment Statements/Letters
- Certificates of Deposit and Fixed Deposits
- Business Accounts (with owner support and proof of ownership)
- Letter from Sponsoring Agency
- Certificate of Surrender Value of Life Insurance Policy
**If you have another type of financial document, please submit the financial documentation as requested. We will review your document and let you know if it is acceptable.
Unacceptable Financial Documents
- Valuables (jewelry, antiques, etc)
- Nonliquid Assets and Investments
- Letter from an Accounting Firm
- Income Tax Return
- Support from Another F-1 or J-1 Student who is not spouse/parent
- Documents Older Than 90 Days
- Life Insurance Premium Paid Certificate