Applying for an F-1 Visa

Applying for an F-1 visa can take a few weeks or months.  For this reason, it is recommended that you begin the visa application process as soon as possible to ensure that you have all the necessary documents to arrive in the U.S. before the beginning of your classes.

How to Apply for an F-1 Student Visa

F-1 Visa Steps

Getting an I-20 from Saint Mary's

In order to apply for an F-1 student visa, you will need to first get a Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20.  The I-20 proves your financial ability to cover the cost of attendance for the first academic year of your program at Saint Mary's College.  You must have an I-20 in order to apply for the F-1 visa.

After you have been fully admitted to the College and you have paid your deposit, you will be able to upload all of the required documents for the I-20 to your applicant portal.  Students will receive a detailed email from the Center for International Programs with instructions on how to complete this process.

Required Documents for an I-20

  • Copy of current, valid passport
  • Completed Certificate of Finances
  • Financial documents
    • Bank statement or letter from the bank
    • Scholarship information, if applicable
    • Educational loan information, if applicable

Certificate of Finances Forms

Undergraduate Programs 2022-2023

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Graduate & Professional Programs 2022-2023





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International Transfer Students

If you're currently studying in the U.S. on an F-1 visa at another instutition, you can transfer your SEVIS record to Saint Mary's.  Speak with the International Student Advisor or the International Student Office on your campus about transferring your SEVIS record.  You will need to complete the top half of Saint Mary's SEVIS Transfer Form and your current institution will complete the bottom half.  Return the completed SEVIS Transfer Form to the Center for International Programs, and we will issue you an I-20.

International Transfer Student Forms

      SEVIS Transfer Form