a Student Visa?
will need the following documents:
You need a
student visa to study at ULI. If you meet all
admission at ULI, you will be accepted. After you have been
accepted to ULI, we can send you all the documents you will need for
your student visa.
Be Sure to
Apply Early. Student visas are a priority at embassies worldwide. Check
State's visa wait times page to find out how
quickly you can get a visa interview. You can apply for a student visa
up to 120 days before the program start date listed on your I-20.
You can find
information about the most current
student visa requirements at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html.
Letter from ULI with current dates. If you meet all the criteria for
admission at ULI, I will send this to you.
I-20 created by ULI in SEVIS. ULI will send this to you with your
DS-160 completed online and printed out to bring to the
interview (Information about how to fill out the form can be found
that is valid for at least 6 months.
showing full face with light background (2"x2")
Receipt for the visa processing fee of $140. Check your country's U.S. embassy or
consulate website to find out where to pay this fee.
A Receipt for
the SEVIS I-901
$200. To get the receipt, you will need to fill out Form I-901 and
in U.S. dollars by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or
American Express) at https://www.FMJfee.com.
OR . . .
If you do not have access to a credit card, you can get a Receipt for
the SEVIS fee by sending Form I-901 and paying the fee by
mail using a check or bank draft, drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars.
The mailing address for payment is:
P.O. Box Address:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
OR . . .
would like to pay
University Language Institute the SEVIS fee when you submit your
application and application fee, we can use our credit card to pay the
fee for you online and send the receipt to you via DHL when we send you
Any Document That .
. . shows that you have
binding ties to a residence in your home country (proof of home
ownership, etc) or that proves that you plan to return to your home
country after studying (letter from employer, proof of children in home
country, proof of ownership of property, etc).
Proof of Financial
Resources. You must prove that
you have a financial support source (self, financial sponsor,
scholarship, etc). You must prove that you have enough money available
right now to pay for all your classes. You must prove that you have
enough money so that you will not become a public charge or seek
unauthorized employment in the USA. Examples include bank books, bank
statements, income tax documents, affidavit
support, business registration, business licenses, or letters of
What Consuls Look For:
You have a residence in your
You have no intention of
abandoning that residence
You intend to depart
from the USA after studying
Your purpose for
studying in the USA is directly related
to plans for your future in your home country.
The Most Important Thing to Remember:
your interview, you
must prove that you do not plan to
move to the USA permanently.
All schools that issue I-20s are required to
report information about their students to the United States
Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) computer database called
the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). So, now,
more than ever, it is very important for you to understand immigration
regulations. It is very important for you to know your legal
responsibilities while you study in the USA. You are responsible
for staying in legal status at all times while in the USA.
Note of Advice:
Please do not depend on your friends for immigration information. There
are many new rules, and they change often. If you have any doubts or
questions, talk to a Designated School Official (DSO) as soon as
possible or consult the USCIS website.
Entrance into the USA
You can enter the USA
up to 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20. If you enter
the USA after the start date listed on your I-20, your I-20 will have
been canceled. Immigration officials at the airport will ask you to
return to your home country if you arrive in the USA after the start
date listed on your I-20.
you arrive at the airport, you need to be sure to have all your
acceptance documents and immigration documents with your ticket.
Enrollment and Registration
Students and Transfer Students:
You must enroll and register during the 30 days before or on the start
date listed on your I-20 (placement test day). If you do not do this by
the start date listed on your I-20 (placement test day), your I-20 will
After you arrive in the USA,
you should check the ULI office hours and come by the office to
register and enroll in classes. To do this, you need to bring the
following items with you:
- I-94 card (you will receive this at the
- insurance card (if you have your own insurance)
- home country address
- Tulsa address (this is the most important
because we cannot register you in SEVIS without it)
For Returning Students:
Before the last day of class each session, you
must make a final decision to either:
1. Enroll for the next session
2. Transfer to a
new school (you must receive an I-20 from your new school within 60
days and start at the very next session available within 5 months)
the country (you must leave the country within 60 days)
students must attend the scheduled placement test. Students who do
not attend the scheduled placement test will have their I-20 terminated
full-time student must take a minimum of 4 courses per session at ULI.
make progress toward graduation, you must pass at least 18 hours of
classes (per week) each session in an intensive English program or 12
credit hours per semester at a college or university.
complete and pass classes for the equivalent of an academic year,
you must complete and pass at least 4 sessions per year
at ULI or 2 semesters per year at a college or university.
who de-enroll from classes
in the middle of the session with or without permission from the school
will have their I-20s terminated. If you recieved permission to
withdraw, you have 15 days to leave the USA.
Your Student Visa
If you are a studying with
an F-1 (student) visa, it is important to maintain your student status
while you study in the USA.
Your signature on the
Form I-20 shows that you agree to follow all the conditions of the F-1
1. You must be a full-time
student at ULI.
2. You must make progress
3. You must complete and
pass classes the equivalent of an academic year (at least 9 months or 4
4. You must keep a valid
I-20 and passport.
5. You must not work
off-campus unless given legal permission from INS.
6. You must notify your
school’s office no later than 10 days after you move or legally change
your name for entry into SEVIS.
7. Each session, you must
re-enroll for the next session or request to transfer to a new school
before the last day of the session. You have 60 days to leave the USA
if you officially de-enroll at the end of the session or 15 days to
leave the country if you officially withdraw in the middle of the
All non-immigrants must
always have their legal documents with them. If you have a student
visa, you must carry your I-20, passport, I-94 card, and other
documents with you at all times. You should keep all other legal
documents, including all previous I-20s, in a safe place in case you
need them later. Please be aware that police officers in Tulsa will
take you to jail if they stop your car and you (or a passenger in your
car) does not have their immigration documents.
Passport: You should apply for a
new passport about 6 months before it expires. New passports are
available from your country’s
embassy or consulate in the USA.
Card: You should leave the USA
within 60 days after the date your I-20 expires unless you transfer to
a new school. If you have a student visa, your I-94 card is marked
“D/S” (Duration of Status). This means that as long as you are studying
and have a valid I-20, you are allowed to stay in the USA.
Your visa gives you permission to enter and
re-enter the USA. There is no penalty if your visa expires while you
are in the USA as long as you are continuing to study with a valid
I-20. If you leave the USA after your visa expires and want to return,
you will need a new visa. If the name of the school on your visa is
different from the school you will attend when you return to the USA,
you need to go to the U.S. embassy to get a new student visa with the
name of your new school.
I-20: Your form I-20 expires the
date that you leave ULI. If you need more time to complete your studies
at ULI, you should apply for a program
extension before your I-20 expires. I-20s are made using
the computerized SEVIS program. Please remember that it may take
several days after you request it to make your I-20. If you do not
apply for a program extension before the expiration date on
your I-20, you will be out of status (illegal).
If your I-20
will expire soon and you will need more time to study, you should apply
for a program extension.
process for a program
extension is as follows:
- Provide financial support documents
that show that you have enough money for education and living expenses
for the remainder of your stay at ULI .
- Explain the educational
reasons why you need more time at ULI.
- Request a new I-20 from the ULI office.
- Sign your new I-20
If you change your
address, you must:
1. Fill out a change of
address form in the ULI office no more than 10 days after you move.
2. ULI will make changes in
3. Fill out a change of address form with
the post office.
attend and pass classes for 9 consecutive months at ULI (4 ULI
sessions) before being eligible for a vacation. If you plan to
take a break from classes, be sure to talk to a DSO to make sure that
you are eligible. You must receive permission!
Don’t let your I-20 expire while you’re on vacation! Before your
vacation, you must enroll in ULI for the session following your
vacation. If you do not attend classes during that session, ULI is
required to report you to USCIS.
you stay in the USA during your vacation, you should not let your
health insurance lapse! Health care can be very expensive in the USA
without medical insurance. Medical expenses can jeopardize your
financial status and ability to maintain your full-time student status
in good standing as defined by INS regulations. Please come by the
ULI office to pay for health insurance before you begin your vacation.
in Another Country:
a signature on the last page of your I-20 from a ULI DSO to grant
permission for you to re-enter the USA to study at ULI. Do not wait
until the last minute.
your I-94 card, passport, all I-20s, and any other legal documents
your F-1 visa to be sure that it is still valid. If your visa has
expired or has a school's name other than ULI, you will have to get a
new visa before you return to the USA. If you are out of the country
for more than 5 months, you will also need to go to the U.S. embassy to
get a new visa.
is a good idea to take copies of your grade reports to show that you
have actually been studying while in the USA. The ULI office can give
you a copy of your grade reports, an official transcript, and letter
from the director.
5. If you
are out of the USA for 5 or more months, your visa will be canceled and
you will have to apply for a new one before returning to the USA.
6. Your visa
and your I-20 must be for the same school. If you visa lists a school
different from the one you plan to attend when you return to the USA,
you need to apply for a new visa.
You cannot work
while you study at ULI. After maintaining student status in the USA for
9 months, USCIS allows students to apply for employment at the
institution that issues their I-20. However, since ULI does not have
jobs available for students, ULI students are not allowed to work.
Working illegally can carry severe penalties, and you may be forced to
leave the country for a period of 3 to 10 years for breaking the law.
Even if you don’t get in trouble now, you may have trouble if you ever
want to apply for a different type of visa or permanent residency. If
you suffer a financial crisis during your stay in the USA, you should
talk to the director and ask about applying for a work permit. There
are very specific guidelines and requirements by USA Immigration that
must be fulfilled in order to apply for a work permit. The process of
application may take a few months. Therefore, it is very important for
you to plan ahead.
Reduced Course Load
A student who drops below
full-time (below 18 hours per week) without permission is considered to
be out of status. A DSO can authorize you to drop below full-time for
one session (no less than 9 hours per week) only if you have initial
difficulty with English or reading requirements, are unfamiliar with
American teaching methods, or have been placed in the wrong level.
Also, if you need less than 18 hours to graduate, you may drop below
full time. In the event that you have documented medical problems
affecting your study abilities, you may be allowed to reduce your
course load or withdraw. New medical documentation must be supplied
each new session for no more than 12 months. You must apply and be
approved for a reduced course load at ULI and complete form I-538 to be
If you have an emergency and
need to withdraw from ULI in the middle of the session, you must
receive permission from the office and leave the country within 15 days
of your withdrawal date. If you do not receive permission to withdraw
from classes, do not make transfer arrangements, or do not enroll in
the next session, you should leave the country immediately or you will
be out of status.
Transferring from One
Institution to Another
If you have maintained your
status, you may transfer to another school. However, you
should plan ahead of time and apply as early as possible to the new
1. BEFORE the end of the
session, you should tell a ULI DSO where you plan to transfer.
2. You will need to follow
the application process of the new school. You will be required to give
a current financial support document and a copy of the ULI I-20 form to
the admissions officer of the new school. The officer will contact ULI
to ensure that you have maintained “status” at ULI.
3. You should submit the "ULI Transfer Out Form"
your new school. After ULI receives the Transfer Out form
signed by the new school, we will "transfer your record out" to the new
4. You must be accepted at
the new school and “transferred in” to the new school on the SEVIS
program within 60 days of your last day at ULI. You must start in the
very next session available at your new school (no more than 5 months
after your last day at ULI). You must be accepted before their program start
date or you will not be allowed to transfer.
If you do not follow the
rules for holders of student visas, you will be illegal (out of
status). There are only two ways to be reinstated: by exiting and
re-entering the USA with a new I-20 (very risky) or by applying for a
reinstatement within the USA. You can only apply for a
reinstatement to student status within the USA if the reason that you
are illegal is beyond your control (such as illness, natural disaster,
or DSO mistake). If you do not receive a reinstatement, you must leave
the USA. If you do not leave, you could be banned from returning for
3-10 years. ULI can help you with your application for reinstatement.
To receive a
reinstatement, you must provide the following documents:
1. A letter from ULI.
2. Form I-539 filled
out and signed. (If you do not know how to answer a question, we will
help you). Write REINSTATEMENT at the top of the form in red.
3. Original I-94 card,
passport, current I-20 from ULI, and any other USCIS documents.
4. Check or money order in
the amount of $300.00 made out to The Department of Homeland
5. You must write a letter
of explanation detailing the reason why you are out of status. The
letter must include the following:
A. Address your
USCIS Vermont Service Center
Lower Welden Street
Albans, VT 05479-0001
B. Request a
reinstatement to student status. Explain why you are out of
status. Be very honest and
precise with your explanation.
D. You must explain
that the violation of status either 1) Resulted from circumstances
beyond your control (such as illness, closure of school, natural
disaster, or oversight of the DSO) OR 2) That the violation relates to
a reduction in your course load that would have been within a DSO’s
power to authorize AND that failure to approve reinstatement would
result in an extreme hardship to you.
E. A statement that
you are pursuing or intend to pursue a full course of study in the
F. A statement that
you have never been employed without INS authorization.
G. Any additional documents that
help your case.
H. Updated financial
If you have a B-1 or B-2 visa, you are not allowed to study.
If you hold a B-1, B-2, F-2, or J-2 visa and want to study full-time,
you should apply for a change to a student visa. If you have a B-1,
B-2, or J-2 visa, you cannot attend classes while waiting to change
your status. If you have an F-2 or J-2 visa, you can apply to change
back to your original visa type after you complete your studies. ULI
can help you with your change of status.
You need the following documents to apply for a change of
1. Completed form
I-539 "Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status".
2. Copy of all passport pages, both sides of your I-94 card,
and any other legal documents.
4. A check, money order, or cashier's check for $300 (payable
to The Department of Homeland Security).
5. A letter explaining why you want to change your status and
receive a student visa. The letter should explain how your studies here
will help you fulfill your future goals in your home country. The
letter should be addressed to
USCIS Vermont Service Center
Lower Welden Street
Albans, VT 05479-0001
6. Receipt for payment of the $100 SEVIS fee. Information
about how to pay this fee can be found here.