You must be admitted to a degree-seeking program at UT Tyler before an I-20 can be
created for you.
International students must demonstrate they have enough financial resources to be
able to cover their educational and living expenses while studying in the U.S. To
receive an I-20, the following documents must be submitted to OIP:
Passport ID page - passport must be valid for at least 6 months
Proof of financial support documents in one or more of the following forms, issued
within last 6 months:
Personal or sponsor funds: Checking/savings account balance statement, credit card
Once you have submitted all of the required documents, you will be emailed your "Initial
Attendance" I-20. Upon request, a hard copy can be provided.
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must
first obtain a visa. You must apply for an F-1 student visa or J visa to study in
the United States.
F-1 visa – degree seeking students
J-1 visa – exchange students or exchange visitors
SEVIS I-901 Fee
$350 for F-1s
$220 for J-1s
You must pay the SEVIS fee when you initially apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa. Form
I-901 is the form used to pay this fee.
Bring your SEVIS payment receipt with you to your scheduled visa interview and when
you enter the U.S. The fee cannot be paid at the consulate.
If you are a current student who has already paid the fee and your SEVIS record has
been continuously active (i.e. no leaves of absence, no withdrawals, etc), you do
not need to pay the SEVIS fee again.
Bermudan or Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a student (F-1 or J-1) or dependent
(F-2 or J-2) visa; they may simply enter with the I-20, proof of citizenship (i.e.,
passport or driver's license and birth certificate), admission letter, SEVIS Fee payment
receipt, and evidence of financial support. They will however, have to pay the SEVIS fee at least 3 days before entering the U.S. The SEVIS fee cannot be paid at the border.
At the visa application appointment, the officer will conduct a brief interview of
you and review your documents.
To obtain the F-1 visa, you will need the following documents:
a valid passport
evidence of financial support (Certification of Financial Responsibility, bank statement,
assistantship or scholarship letter)
evidence of ties to your home country (employment offer, concrete plans on how your
education in the U.S. will help your career in your home country, family and property
visa application form DS-160. If you need to list a U.S. address in your application,
you can list the address of your department, physical address (3620 Varsity Drive,
Tyler, TX 75701)