Many international students at Lynn University hold an F-1 visa, which gives them permission to live in the United States while studying for their degree. If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, you will need to apply for the F-1 visa.
We will provide guidance on the form I-20, which will be issued through Lynn University’s International Student Services (ISS) office.
What documents do I need to submit for the I-20 form?
International students who need an F-1 visa are required to submit additional documents beyond what is required for admission. The university requirements for documents are guided by U.S. government regulations.
International students need to submit the following documents:
- Copy of passport biographical page; your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months into the future
- Certification of Finances form: Choose the form below that represents your status as an incoming student. Complete Sections A and D yourself.
- Bank letter or bank statement
- This document must confirm the availability of funds as listed under Section C of the Certifications of Finance Form.
- This document must contain the name of the account holder and be dated within the last six months
- Example bank letter
- If your government plans to pay for your education and living expenses, an official letter is required.
Students who want to transfer to Lynn University
If you are planning on transferring from another institution in the U.S. and you are currently an F-1 student, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Be a full time student at your present college/university
- Notify the designated school official (DSO) at your present college/university of your intention to transfer to Lynn
- Submit the following documents:
- Copy of your passport biographical page
- Copy of your F-1 visa page
- Certification of finance form
- Bank letter
- Transfer form
Please note you must begin classes within five months of the last date you attended class at your previous school or within five months of the last date you participated in Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Applying for the F-1 student visa
Once your form I-20 has been issued by Lynn University, you will also be enrolled in the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). For more information about student visas, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
The visa application process includes the following steps:
- Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee (payable online) and print your receipt.
- Complete the DS-160 online visa application. Once you have completed the application, please print the confirmation page with your fee collection slip.
- Use the fee collection slip from your submitted DS-160 visa application and pay the visa processing fee. Be sure to obtain a receipt for this payment.
- Make an appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate as soon as possible. Visa processing times vary by embassy or consulate. The U.S. Embassy website can help you locate the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate closest to your home. Be sure to review the U.S. Embassy's website for a list of documents you will need to bring with you to your interview.
- Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your uintended date of entry into the U.S.
Student visa criteria
While you're at your embassy or consulate appointment, be prepared to:
- Verify that you have no intention of abandoning your foreign residence
- Verify that you are qualified to pursue a full course of study
- Verify that you plan to enter the U.S. as a student "temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing a full course of study at Lynn University in the U.S."
- Present your DS-160 visa application confirmation page
- Present your SEVIS I-901 fee receipt
- Present your Lynn University admission letter
- Present your form I-20 issued by Lynn University
- Present sufficient financial evidence of support to cover your educational and living expenses while studying in the U.S.
- You must show availability of funds, not possession of the funds.
- Consular Officers can consider currency restrictions in the student's home country
- Show proficiency in English based on Lynn University admission criteria
- Demonstrate your intention to depart the U.S. upon completion of the course of study
- Show sufficient academic credentials to attend Lynn University
After your F-1 visa appointment
- The consular officer will verify the form I-20 and the information in the SEVIS system before issuing the F-1 visa.
- If your visa is approved, you may be subject to a visa issuance fee based on your nationality.
- Once your F-1 visa is issued, you will be informed how your passport and visa will be returned.
- The form I-20 and financial documents will be placed in a sealed envelope.
- Please carry your passport and the sealed envelope with you when traveling to the U.S.
After you've arrived at a U.S. port of entry
For initial entry students (new F-1 students), the earliest you are permitted to enter the U.S. is 30 days before the program start date (listed under the Program of Study section on the first page of your form I-20).
- At the U.S. border, you will present your passport and sealed envelope to the customs border protection officer.
- The officer will verify the student information in the SEVIS database system.
- You will be admitted as F-1 Duration of status (D/S).
- You will receive an electronic passport information at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov to print your electronic I-94.