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Immigration Process

ISS & Immigration Updates Related to COVID-19

ISS continutes create new I-20s for students arriving in Fall 2020.

Up-to-Date Immigration Advising and FAQs here.

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.

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 (

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 (

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.
  • 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. 

If you requested that your I-20 be mailed to you, you will be prompted to visit to create your shipping label and initiate the shipping process.

If you requested to pick-up your I-20 from our office, you will get a second email once the I-20 has been signed and put at our front desk for pick-up.

If you have questions, you can email