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Office of International Programs

Receive a Form I-20

How can I receive a form I-20?

A Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 status, (I-20) is an official US government document. A Form I-20 is required to obtain an F-1 visa and to maintain F-1 status while in the US. It is issued by each university or college in the US that admits international students.

To be eligible for a UT Tyler Form I-20, students must:

  • Be admitted to a UT Tyler academic degree program
  • Submit proof of financial support equivalent to annual cost of tuition and estimated expenses:
    • Bank statement on bank letterhead, no older than six months
    • Scholarship or Fellowship Award letter if applicable
  • Submit a copy of the passport ID page

How do I submit the documents listed above?

  • In person – Submit to the ISSFS Office
    • University Center (UC) 2160, University of Texas at Tyler campus
  • By mail – Use the following mailing address:
    • International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services Center
      Office of International Programs
      The University of Texas at Tyler
      3900 University Blvd., UC 216
      Tyler, TX 75799
  • By email

A Form I-20 will be issued within two business days of meeting the Form I-20 eligibility requirements. Students receive a confirmation email when their UT Tyler Form I-20 is ready for issue.

How will I receive my I-20?

Option 1: E-Ship Global, https://study.eshipglobal.com

  • E-Ship Global is the fastest way to receive your I-20. You will need to set up an account and pay for the shipment. E-ship Global will then contact us and we will ship the I-20 to you immediately.

Option 2: U.S. Postal Service

  • The U.S. Postal Service is much slower than using E-Ship Global, but it is free to the student.  For some countries, mail service is fairly reliable, but there is no guarantee of when the documents will arrive.

Option 3: In-person pick-up

  • We will allow you to pick up your I-20 in person or designate someone to do it for you. If you choose this option, please let us know by email to issfs@uttyler.edu indicating who will pick up the I-20 and on what date, and we will have the I-20 ready at the ISSFS Center located in UC 2160. If someone else picks up your I-20, they must show proof of identity.

 

 

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