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Student Visa Information

Apply for the F-1 Student Visa only if you intend to become a full-time student in the United States (you cannot register for part-time courses if you have F-1 status)

The Student Visa (F-1) allows you to register for full-time courses in a college, university or language school. A full-time course in an American college or university generally consists of four classes that total 12 credits (units) a semester. In a language school, a full-time course is determined by the number of hours you take per week. For example, a full-time course at the IELI consists of 18 hours per week.

 

To apply for an I-20 for your F-1 student Visa or to transfer to the IELI:

Please read our  I-20 Instructions

Apply for an I-20 for your F-1 Student Visa Interview

1. Complete the I-20 Online Application Form. (including complete payment for the first semester)
2. Original Financial Documents

    If you are self-sponsor, please submit your bank statement in English with a minimum balance of $22,500 in the account (can be emailed in PDF)

    If you have a financial sponsor (can be emailed in PDF)

* Sponsor's bank statement in English with a minimum balance of $22,500 in the account and the sponsor must complete the
*Affidavit of Support Form
* Proof of income (pay stub, W2, Job Letter, Income Tax Return, etc..)


**If your F-1 visa is approved, you will be permitted to travel to the U.S. on a student visa.
**If your F-1 visa is denied, ask the embassy official to give you a copy of his/her written decision so that you can read and understand the reason(s) for the denial. Contact the IELI International Student Advisor if you need any help or advice. You may email your questions to ieliss@hunter.cuny.edu.

 

Apply for an F-1 Transfer

1. Complete the I-20 Online Application Form. (including complete payment for the first semester)
2. Original Financial Documents

  • If you are self-sponsor, please submit your bank statement in English with a minimum balance of $22,500 in the account (can be emailed in PDF)
  • If you have a financial sponsor (can be emailed in PDF)

Sponsor's bank statement in English with a minimum balance of $22,500 in the account
Affidavit of Support Form
Proof of income (pay stub, W2, Job Letter, Income Tax Return, etc..)

3. Copy of All Three Pages of All I-20 Forms From All Schools Attended in the U.S.
4. Copy of F-1 Visa
5. Copy of the I-94 Approval Stamp or Card (blue and red stamp in your passport)
6. Copy of  F-1 Approval Notice (If Applicable)

Transfer students will receive an acceptance letter and transfer verification form after the international student office receives a complete transfer application.

Apply for an I-20 for change of status

Please directly contact the IELI International Student Advisor ieliss@hunter.cuny.edu for a change of status application.
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