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I-20 Request Deadlines

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. 

Students requesting Initial or Change of Status I-20:

Initial Term at SCU I-20 Request Packet Due
Summer Start - Select Programs Only May 1
Fall Semester (Law, JST), MS Business Analytics July 1
Fall Quarter August 1
Winter Quarter/Spring Semester November 1
Spring Quarter February 1

Students transferring their F-1 SEVIS immigration record from another U.S. school or university:

Initial Term at SCU I-20 Request Packet Due
Summer Start - Select Programs Only June 1
Fall Semester (Law, JST), MS Business Analytics July 15
Fall Quarter September 1
Winter Quarter/Spring Semester December 1
Spring Quarter March 1

I-20 Request Deadline FAQs

Normally, when I-20 Requests that are submitted with complete supporting documentation it takes 15 business days for ISS to issue an I-20.  I-20 Requests cannot be reviewed until complete and accurate supporting documentation is provided.
The timeline for obtaining a visa can take as long as six weeks and the process that students undertake varies country by country.  In some cases, students need to schedule an appointment at the local US embassy and cannot do so until they have received their I-20.  In some cases students need to travel significant distance to reach a US embassy in person to drop off and/or retrieve their documents.  
Yes.  However, the visa stamp must be issued prior to departure for the US.
No.  International students who do not meet the arrival deadline must discuss the possibility of entry for the following term with Admissions (Undergraduate students) or their College/School (Graduate students).