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Immigration 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. If you will be coming to SCU as an F-1 international student, you will need an I-20.

The Global Engagement Office issues official immigration Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status" to international students who do not hold U.S. passports or Lawful Permanent Residence, and who wish to reside in the U.S. in F-1 student immigration status.

I-20 Request Deadline

Your completed I-20 Request and all supporting documents must be submitted by the I-20 Request Deadline.

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 another high school, college or university and you want to transfer your F-1 SEVIS immigration record to SCU, you need to complete the Transfer In Request and provide it to your current school.

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 copies of their passport biographical and U.S. visa page(s), as well as proof of funding for dependent expenses.

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.

I-20 Processing Time

Once we’ve received your completed I-20 Request Packet, our standard processing time is 15 business days.

  • 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.
  • If you are outside the U.S. we will send the I-20 to you via FedEx or DHL.
  • If you are currently in the U.S. we will either mail the I-20 to you or have it available for you to collect at our office.

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.

  • Graduate School of Business
  • Education & Counseling Psychology
  • Graduate School of Engineering 
  • School of Law
  • Jesuit School of Theology

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

Current SCU student requesting I-20s for Change of Status, extension of academic program, 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).