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I-20 Request Process

We're so happy you picked SCU! Once you've confirmed that you plan to attend we can begin the immigration processes necessary for you to join our university. At SCU international students come to the U.S. in F-1 immigration status. If you do not have a U.S. passport, lawful permanent residence, or another immigration status that allows you to study, you will need an I-20, which is the official U.S. immigration document for F-1 international students.

Requesting Your I-20

In order to create your I-20 we need your I-20 Request Packet which includes:

If you are an F-1 international student at a U.S. high school, college or university and you want to transfer your F-1 SEVIS immigration record to SCU, in addition to submitting the I-20 request packet you need to complete the Transfer In Request and provide it to your current school.

SEVIS Release Date:

Your "SEVIS release date" is the day that your immigration record is transferred from your current school to SCU. This date should be as early as possible but can be after the deadline to submit your I-20 request to SCU. The latest possible SEVIS Release Date is one week (7 days) prior to the start of your academic program or International Student Welcome (ISW), which ever is earlier. 

  • If you are currently enrolled and taking classes you should pick a SEVIS release date after your last final exams.
  • If you are currently engaged in OPT or STEM OPT you should pick a SEVIS release date after your employment end date. Once your SEVIS immigration record is transferred to SCU any OPT or STEM OPT employment authorization will end.

School / Campus Code:

Campus NameSchool CodeCampus Location
Santa Clara University SFR214F00607000 Santa Clara, CA
Jesuit School of Theology of SCU SFR214F00607001 Berkeley, CA

SEVIS Fee Payment:

Your prior SEVIS fee payment remains valid after SEVIS transfer. You do not need to re-pay the SEVIS fee.

Visa Stamp:

If the F-1 visa stamp in your passport has not expired, it is still valid for travel (even though it lists your prior school's name).

International Travel Between Programs:

If you depart the U.S. please keep in mind that you will need your SCU I-20 in hand to return.

International Student Welcome (ISW) and Immigration Check-In:

All students are required to attend International Student Welcome (ISW) and complete Immigration Check-In at the start of their first academic term at SCU. Attendance is mandatory, even for students who have previously studied in the U.S.

If you are currently in the U.S. in an immigration status other than F-1 may be eligible to file an application to change your immigration status from within the U.S. Review our Change of Status resource for more information.

If you have dependent family members (spouse or children) you want to join you in the U.S., your completed I-20 Request Packet should include an F-2 Dependent I-20 Request, as well as copies of the family member's passport biographical and U.S. visa page(s), and proof of funding for dependent expenses.

Submission Deadlines for I-20 Request Packets

In order to make sure we can process your I-20 in enough time for you to get your visa stamp, enter the U.S., arrive at SCU and complete your check-in and ISW before classes start, your I-20 Request Packet must be submitted by the following deadlines. 

Initial Term at SCU I-20 Request Period
Fall Quarter  / Fall Semester March 1 to July 1
Winter Quarter/Spring Semester August 1 to November 1
Spring Quarter November 1 to February 1
Summer Quarter (select programs only) February 1 to May 1

Where to submit your I-20 Request Packet

Once you've completed your I-20 Request Packet make sure that you submit it to the correct office.

Newly admitted graduate students (Masters, PhD and JD programs) should submit completed I-20 Request Packets to their graduate program's admissions office.

Newly admitted undergraduate students (in Bachelor's degree programs) should submit their completed I-20 Request Packet directly to Global Engagement via email (iss@scu.edu).

Current SCU student requesting I-20s to return after leave of absence, initial Change of Status (via travel or visa stamping), request a change in education level or reinstatement should submit their completed I-20 Request Packet directly to the Global Engagement Office during drop-in advising hours or via email (iss@scu.edu).

Documenting Proof of Funding for Estimated Expenses

In order to issue your I-20, we are required to collect documentation that shows you have funds available to pay for the total estimated expenses for the first year of your academic program. Estimated expenses are reported by the University in consultation with your academic program, the financial aid office and the Board of Trustees. Estimated expenses include tuition, fees, living expenses and health insurance.  Even if you believe that your actual expenses will be lower, we are still required to collect proof that you have funding available to cover the full estimated expenses for at least one year.  

If you are not listed as an account holder on the Proof of Funding documents, the Certification of Sponsorship section of your I-20 Request must be completed.

Documents that demonstrate proof of funding must be in English and must:

  • Be official (i.e. bank statements, official bank letters on bank letterhead with a stamp/seal and bank officer’s signature, certificates of deposit)
  • Be issued by the bank that holds the source of funds. *International Student Financial Resource Statement and College Board forms are not acceptable.
  • Demonstrate at least the minimum total  for one academic year in your academic program.
    • If you have an “all-inclusive” scholarship and the total dollar amount of the scholarship is not equal to, or greater than, the total minimum estimated expenses for your program, you must provide additional financial documentation for the remaining balance.
  • Include an issue date that is within three months of when your I-20 Request Packet is received by ISS.

The simplest way to demonstrate Proof of Funding is to get a letter from your bank. Here are the requirements for the bank letter:

  • Must be in English
  • Must have a letter issue date that is no more than 3 months before we get your I-20 request.
  • Must include a unique account number (partial numbers, such as XXXXXX123, are acceptable).
  • Must include the account holder's name.
  • Must confirm the specific amount in the account(s) in dollars (USD) or other currency. Note: If a USD amount is not specified, ISS will determine the currency conversion amount to USD.
  • Must confirm the type of account (checking, savings etc) or a confirmation that the funds are unrestricted and can be withdrawn at any time.

We do have international student at SCU who use loans to pay for some or all of their educational expenses. However, we do not accept loan documents, including loan approvals, loan sanction letters, or promissory notes for I-20 Proof of Funding, since they are not considered liquid funds.

If the loan has already been granted to you and disbursed into your bank account, we could accept your bank statement but a conditional loan confirmation letter or a confirmed loan letter would not be acceptable to our office for I-20 purposes.

We will accept any documentation showing liquid assets including:

  • Savings accounts without a maturity/expiry date
  • Checking accounts
  • Fixed deposit accounts
  • Certificates of deposit with a maturity/expiry date prior to the start date of your academic program

We cannot accept any documentation of funds that are not liquid (i.e. are not immediately available). 

Examples of that we cannot accept include:

  • Certificates of deposit with a maturity/expiry date that is after the start date of your academic program or a statement that the funds cannot be withdrawn on a date that is prior to the start date of your program.
  • Stock, equity, or mutual fund accounts
  • Retirement accounts, such as PPF's, IRA's and 401K's
  • Official letters stating one’s salary or networth
  • Loans
  • International Student Financial Resource Statement or College Board Forms

2021-2022 Estimated Expenses

Undergraduate / Bachelors Degree (all schools and majors)

Tuition$55,224
Living Expenses $20,637
Health Insurance (estimate) $2,621
First-Year Student Orientation Fee* $195
University Enhancement Fee $636
International Student Fee $125
Total $79,438

*Transfer students joining SCU from another college or university pay the Transfer Student Fee ($135) in lieu of the First-Year Student Orientation Fee

Non-degree Exchange Per Quarter (J-1)

Tuition Covered by exchange agreement
Living Expenses $7,065
J-1 Health Insurance Varies by participant age
Orientation and Enhancement Fees Waived by exchange agreement
  Waived by exchange agreement
Total $7,065

Masters and PhD (all majors)

Tuition $26,112
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3054
Engineering Design Center & Graduate Student Association Fee $540
International Student Fee $125
Total $52,133

Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Evening)

Tuition$43,128
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Graduate Student Association Fee $150
International Student Fee $125
Total $68,759

MS in Business Analytics (MSBA)

Tuition$50,084
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Graduate Student Association Fee $150
International Student Fee $125
Total $75,715

MS in Financial Analytics (MSFA)

Tuition$44,812
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Graduate Student Association Fee $150
International Student Fee $125
Total $70,443

MS in Information Systems (MSIS) 

Tuition$35,940
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Graduate Student Association Fee $150
International Student Fee $125
Total $61,571

Juris Doctor (JD)

Tuition $54,768
Living Expenses $31,622
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
International Student Fee $125
Total $89,569

 

Evening ("Part-Time") Juris Doctor (JD)

Tuition $41,076
Living Expenses $31,622
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
International Student Fee $125
Total $75,877

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Tuition $52,608
Living Expenses $31,622
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
International Student Fee $125
Total $87,409

 

Exchange to LL.M.

Tuition $26,304
Living Expenses $31,622
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
International Student Fee $125
Total $61,105

 

Non-degree Exchange Semester (J-1)

Tuition Covered by exchange agreement
Living Expenses $13,605
J-1 Health Insurance Varies by participant age
  Waived by exchange agreement
Total $13,605

MA in Counseling Psychology

Tuition $18,387
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Education & Counseling Psychology Student Association Fee $120
International Student Fee $125
Total $43,988

MA in Counseling

Tuition $18,387
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Education & Counseling Psychology Student Association Fee $120
International Student Fee $125
Total

$43,988

MA in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) (Multiple Subject)

Tuition $19,068
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Education & Counseling Psychology Student Association Fee $120
International Student Fee $125
Total $44,669

MA in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) (Single Subject)

Tuition $17,025
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Education & Counseling Psychology Student Association Fee $120
International Student Fee $125
Total $42,626

MA in Educational Leadership

Tuition $15,663
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance $3,054
Education & Counseling Psychology Student Association Fee $120
International Student Fee $125
Total $41,264

MA in Pastoral Ministries

Tuition $14,856
Living Expenses $22,302
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Pastoral Ministries Student Association Fee $75
International Student Fee $125
Total $40,412

Tuition estimate is based on anticipated units for year one.

M.Div.

Tuition $22,626
Living Expenses $23,139
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
International Student Fee $125
Total $48,944

M.T.S

Tuition $20,112
Living Expenses $23,139
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
  $125
Total $46,430

S.T.B

Tuition $22,626
Living Expenses $23,139
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
  $125
Total $48,944

S.T.D./S.T.L.

Tuition $19,532
Living Expenses $$23,139
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
  $125
Total $45,850

Th.M.

Tuition $25,700
Living Expenses $23,139
Health Insurance $3,054
  $125
Total $52,018

Renewal Program (per year)

Tuition $14,000
Living Expenses $17,800
Health Insurance (estimate) $3,054
Total $34,854

 

Dependents of JST Students

Living Expenses: Spouse $7,000
Living Expenses: Child $4,000
Living Expenses: Spouse $10,000
Living Expenses: Child $ 5,000
SEVIS Fee

$350 (F-1)

$220 (J-1)

Visa Application Fee $160

 

The above figures represent the minimum estimated expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Updated August 2020.

I-20 Processing Time

Once we’ve received your completed I-20 Request Packet, our standard processing time is 15 business days (business days are Monday to Friday, excluding university holidays).

  • If we have everything that we need, we will create your I-20 and notify you.
  • If we have questions or need any documents, we will contact you via email.
  • Please do not send any follow-up emails or requests to expedite your I-20 issuance -- we're working as fast as possible!

Once Your I-20 Is Created

You will receive an automated email that includes your SEVIS ID number and SCU's school code. This will allow you to pay your SEVIS fee and schedule your visa appointment. 

This email will also include information on how to create a shipping label so we can mail your I-20 to you.

The I-20 is a secure immigration document with personal information. We will not email electronic copies and cannot release your I-20 to anyone but you.

Next Steps

 

US immigration regulations are complex and change frequently.  The University strives to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, however, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student.  Further, resources and links do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.