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I-20 Process

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

UA-PTC Main Campus buildingNew F-1 student will need to apply for the F-1 visa. Follow the instructions below to complete the I-20 process. Once this process has been completed, students will need to complete the remaining enrollment steps.

It is highly recommended that you do not make travel arrangements prior to receiving your visa.

1. Receive the I-20

  • The Director of Admissions will send students the form I-20. This form certifies your eligibility to study at UA-PTC but does not guarantee visa approval. Do not make travel arrangements prior to receiving your visa.
  • Go to University Express Mail Services (eShipGlobal) to register for an account and pay for the shipment of the I-20 Form. Your documents will be shipped 3-5 days following your online payment.

2. Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee

The SEVIS I-901 fee is required for all F-1 visa students. Once you receive your Form I-20, go to the SEVIS I-901 fee processing website for instructions on paying your SEVIS fee.

3. Apply for visa/schedule interview

  • Refer to this page from the U.S. Department of State to complete an application for a U.S. Visa.
  • Confirm all required documents have been gathered and schedule a visa interview with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

4. Make travel arrangements

If your Visa is approved, plan to arrive in the United States two to four weeks before the program start date. Students may NOT enter the U.S. more than 30 days before this date. They must enter the U.S. by the program start date on the I-20 form to avoid being turned away at the U.S. port-of-entry.

5. Contact the Director of Admissions

Contact to inform her of your anticipated arrival date and schedule an appointment with the international academic advisor. Inform the Director of Admissions of this appointment date so final required documents can be submitted before your advising appointment.