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An I-20 is an important immigration document that F-1 students need in order to obtain their student visa and enter the United States. Arizona State University guides each student through the process of obtaining their I-20. Priority Tasks on My ASU alert students to the steps they need to take. The process of obtaining an I-20 can take some time, so it is important not to wait until the last minute to begin gathering the necessary documents and uploading them.
For sponsored students, the steps to obtaining an I-20 are slightly different than for non-sponsored students. Students should use the graphic below to determine whether or not they are a sponsored student.
A sponsored student’s school and living expenses are paid by a sponsoring agency recognized by ASU.
Some examples of sponsoring agencies are ADNOC, ARAMCO, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Kuwait Cultural Office, Oman Cultural Division, Qatar Airways, Qatar Defense Attaché, Qatar Higher Education Institute, Qatar Petroleum, RasGas, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Sidra, UAE Cultural Division and the UAE Scholarship Coordination Office.
Most of ASU’s sponsored students come from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar and Oman.
A non-sponsored student’s school and living expenses are paid for through personal or family funds, loans or through other means not associated with an ASU recognized sponsoring agency.
Students who are unsure if they are a sponsored student should contact ASU Admission Services at ASUinternational@asu.edu or +1 480-965-2437.
In compliance with the Department of Homeland Security and SEVIS regulations, all international applicants on the F-1 student visa must provide evidence of sufficient funds available for their studies in the U.S. For this purpose, a financial guarantee form must be completed and submitted along with bank statements dated within the past six months and signed or wet stamped by an authorized bank or representative, or by a recognized sponsoring agency in the U.S. Please submit your financial guarantee form right away along with your bank statements or sponsor letter from an authorized sponsoring agency; ASU will not be able to process your SEVIS Form I -20 without receipt of your financial guarantee.
Please refer to the financial guarantee form to determine the amount of funds required for your specific program and campus. You can access the form here.
Students with dependents (a spouse and/or child) who will be joining them in the U.S. during their time on an F-1 or J-1 visa will need to provide proof of the following additional funds:
Additional financial support needed for dependents
Spouse – $7,000
Each child – $5,000
The financial guarantee form is separate from the financial documentation that you will need to provide. Examples of financial documents valid for I-20 processing are listed below.
Bank statements that show liquid funds (funds that can be immediately accessed and used). These can be one statement covering the entire amount displayed on the financial guarantee form for one year of attendance at the university, or a collection of bank statements from the people listed on the financial guarantee as sponsors. Note that the summary of available balances on these statements will still need to total the amount listed on the financial guarantee form for one year of attendance at the university. These statements need to be dated within the last six months. Please note that an Affidavit of Support cannot be used in lieu of a bank statement.
For sponsored students, a sponsor letter produced by a sponsoring agency recognized by ASU stating the applicant’s full name, academic program in ASU, term of the sponsorship and amounts covered by it. Some of the agencies are: ADNOC, ARAMCO, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Kuwait Cultural Office, Oman Cultural Division, Qatar Airways, Qatar Defense Attaché, Qatar Higher Education Institute, Qatar Petroleum, RasGas, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Sidra, UAE Cultural Division and the UAE Scholarship Coordination Office. You can read more about this in the sponsored student section below.
Completing the “foreign country address” item is required for ASU to create your I-20. Our office will use this address for I-20 and immigration documents. To complete this item, log on to My ASU page and select the Profile tab, then select Edit my Profile and enter your home country address. The I-20 delivery option is also important, because it tells us where you want to receive
We cannot begin to make your I-20 document until these tasks are complete.
New students who do not have a current I-20 must request their I-20 to be mailed to their current international address. All documents will be shipped through FedEx, so students should confirm that the address provided can receive FedEx packages. Students must provide a phone number to give FedEx, in case the carrier needs to contact them. When it is mailed, FedEx will email the student a tracking number.
Students who are studying in the U.S. now and already have an active I-20 can select the option to Pick up their I-20 at ASU Admission Services. Students will receive an email when this document is ready.
Students who are in the U.S. on an active I-20, but are too far away to Pick up their ASU I-20, can select U.S. Mail to have the I-20 mailed to a U.S. address. When it is mailed, FedEx will email the student a tracking number.
You may take a clear photo or scan of the bio page of your passport and upload it to the link on My ASU. The bio page is the page that shows your picture and personal details.
Completion of a SEVIS transfer form is required for students who already have an active SEVIS record at a U.S. high school or university.
Once admitted to ASU, the student must submit the SEVIS transfer form. This is necessary for transfer of the SEVIS record to ASU in order to receive an ASU I-20.
Sponsored students are students whose school and living expenses are paid by a sponsoring agency recognized by ASU. Sponsored students should follow the instructions below regarding providing financial documentation to ASU for the purpose of requesting an I-20. Steps are also found in Priority Tasks in My ASU.
Note: Each document must be uploaded in one session. Be sure to have all of your documents ready to upload when you log in to My ASU.