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Last day for MBA, MSMS, MSMFT, MSBA and PhD students to submit I-20 materials
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Congratulations on your acceptance to the Boston University, Questrom School of Business!
The student visa process will begin in late March – once the 2020-2021 tuition and fees are finalized.
In order to start the I-20 process, you must confirm your attendance to Boston University by submitting your Declaration of Intent and your tuition deposit. Once tuition and fees are finalized for the upcoming academic year and you have successfully confirmed your attendance, you will receive an email that includes your access link to the documents gateway.
All the required documents (listed below) are to be submitted electronically through our online gateway. For those students enrolling in our fall-start programs, materials are to be submitted no later than June 19, 2020. If the gateway does not work or you run into issues submitting your materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who do not submit all the required materials by the designated deadlines, may be at risk of losing their seat in the class.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: With the uncertainty surrounding the recent COVID-19 outbreak and its possible effects on document processing, embassy interviews and travel – We strongly urge you to submit your materials earlier rather than later. The ISSO recommends that all students have their I-20 in hand 120 days prior to the start of their program to allow time to successfully apply for a visa.
Once you have submitted all the required forms, we will email you a confirmation that your documents have been delivered to the ISSO. The ISSO will be evaluating your required documents. If you are transferring your SEVIS code from a US institution, ISSO will contact you directly with the necessary steps for the transfer process. In the meantime, we ask for your patience as we are trying to process several hundred documents for many different programs. Again, we strongly recommend submitting your materials in a timely manner, as the I20 turnaround takes appropriately 2 weeks once confirmed by ISSO. Also, please keep in mind that embassy interviews tend to fill up fast.
International Student Data Form (ISDF) or International Applicant Coversheet
Enter your name exactly as it appears in your passport, even though you may have more than one way of spelling your name (especially in English).
Enter your date of birth in the American format: month, day, and year (MM/DD/YYYY). For example, May 12, 1978, should be written 05/12/1978.
Answer every question.
Sign and date the form.
Copies of all of your immigration documents if you are currently in the US, or have studied at a US institution.
copies of previous I-20’s
previous visas or work permits
I-90’s (if applicable)
Transferring your F-1 SEVIS Record
If you are currently in the U.S for your studies or have an active U.S visa and plan to transfer your SEVIS Record to Boston University, we ask that you please carefully read through the following materials and steps to successfully transfer your visa:
*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. All totals are currently estimated.
1Fees include the Student Services fees and Health and Wellness fees for the year; does not include any special fees that may be associated with the specific schools/colleges.
2Health Insurance is required for all international students and their dependent family members. Please note that these rates are for students on the Charles River Campus, and are based on the basic student health insurance plan available for purchase through Boston University.
Letter(s) of Sponsorship*
A Sponsor Certificate Form must be completed if you are receiving funding from someone other than yourself (family, friend, etc.)
Official TOEFL/IELTS Score Reports*
For those students who studied outside of the United States, at an institution where the primary language of instruction was not in English – an English proficiency test is required.
Students must upload a copy of their TOEFL or IELTS test scores as a requirement for the International Student Support Office, I-20 process.
Students must include a copy of their official acceptance letter that comes on BU letterhead. This letter would have been sent electronically and is signed by the Director of Graduate Admissions.
Do I need a new visa or SEVIS number if I am currently a valid F-1 student visa from previous institution?
We would need to transfer your SEVIS code and information to our program. You will need to submit all required materials to do so. Especially all past visa information.
What is the length of time (9, 12 or 17 months) that my bank statement should show sufficient funds for?
MSMF/MSMS – 9 months
MBA – 9 month, unless doing MSDi summer program than 12 months
How long does it take for Embassies to give appointments?
Hard to say. Typically you would schedule your interview a few weeks to a month or so in advance. As soon as you get your SEVIS code you may schedule an appointment to interview.
I have received a scholarship from Questrom to cover part of my program costs and will be sponsored for the rest of the expenses. What would need to be completed on my end for sponsorship of funds?
You will need to complete a sponsorship form and submit a copy of your sponsor’s bank account showing that the remaining funds are fully covered (tuition minus scholarship.)
When can I start submitting my materials for processing?
As soon as you submit your first tuition deposit and declaration of intent, you will receive a link to a document gateway where you can being submitting required materials.
Do financial documents need to be notarized?
No. We would just need to see a copy of an actual bank statement of you or your sponsors showing sufficient funds for the program. We will also accept a letter from the bank stating the amount of money that you have available.
What are some common problems students face during the I-20 Process?
Not submitting all materials.
Make sure everything is submitted together and nothing is missing. This saves time from going back and forth to hunt down missing materials.
Not showing sufficient funds.
You will need to make sure you cover all expenses stated on ISSO’s site. All tuition (minus any scholarship if awarded), room and board and fees and any costs of dependents if someone else is traveling with you.