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International Students

Obtaining an I-20 from ATSU

International applicants requesting a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) must provide documentation of sufficient funds to cover all first year costs including, but not limited to: tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, and living expenses. The Financial Services Office will provide a budget outlining these costs. A form I-20 will not be issued until all required financial documentation of ability to pay is provided. Please complete the form and submit any required documents described below. Additionally, the same financial documentation must be provided prior to the beginning of each academic year.

Requirements for obtaining an I-20 from A.T. Still University

  • You must be admitted to an on-campus degree program.
  • You must provide the required financial documentation showing your ability to pay all costs associated with your program. Acceptable documentation can be in the form of a bank statement, investment statement, affidavit from a U.S. sponsor, or documentation of pre-approval for a private loan, along with the financial statements of a credit-worthy co-signer.
  • You must complete the A.T. Still University Financial Statement and Certification form. Contact the Registrar to obtain this form.

All financial support documents submitted must be:

  • Original documents or certified true copies (faxes and copies will not be accepted)
  • Dated within twelve months of the intended date of enrollment or time of I-20
  • In English or with an official translation into English attached

Funding from Family or Friends

  • Must complete an I-134 Affidavit of Support, if the sponsor is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Bank statement or letter must be on bank letterhead and include the name of the account holder, account number, and specific amount of funds.
  • The name of the sponsor on the affidavit of support must match the name of the account holder on the bank statement or letter.

Self-Funding

  • Bank statement or letter must be on bank letterhead and include the name of the account holder, account number, and specific amount of funds.
  • The name of the account holder on the bank statement or letter must be that of the student/applicant requesting the I-20.
  • All financial support must be readily accessible. That is, you must be able to access the funds within 24 hours. Therefore, stocks, bonds, and life insurance policies are generally not acceptable. Income tax statements, proof of property ownership, and employment letters are not readily accessible funds and not accepted.

Transferring your I-20 from another U.S. school

Overview:

For F-1 students, the process for transferring from one U.S. school to another is quite easy. You simply need to have your immigration record electronically transferred from your current school to ATSU.

Steps to transfer your immigration record

  • You are officially accepted to ATSU and have paid all required acceptance fees.
  • Contact the ATSU Registrar at 660.626.2356 or registrars@atsu.edu  to obtain the ATSU Transfer Request form and discuss requirements for obtaining an I-20 from ATSU.
  • Notify the Designated School Official (usually an International Student Advisor) at your current school that you will be attending ATSU and need to transfer your SEVIS immigration record. Make sure you meet your current school's requirements for transfer. They may or may not request your written consent to transfer. Provide the school official with the ATSU Transfer Request form for their completion and return to the ATSU Registrar.
  • Discuss with a Designated School Official at your current school the date you want to transfer your immigration record from your current school to ATSU.
    • The date you transfer schools is called your "release date."
    • As of this date, your SEVIS immigration record can no longer be accessible by your current school and will be accessible by ATSU.
    • The date must be between the end of the semester/quarter at your current school and the beginning of the next semester/quarter/quarter at ATSU.
    • The date must be prior to 60 days after the completion date of your program or optional practical training.
    • Know that your employment authorization will be affected by your transfer date.
  • The Designated School Official at your current school will submit your transfer request to SEVIS. The Designated School Official may want to know ATSU’s Immigration ID number, which is provided on the ATSU Transfer Request form.
  • On your release date, SEVIS electronically transfers your SEVIS record to ATSU through the SEVIS database.
  • ATSU will be able to generate you a new I-20 on or after your release date, provided that all other ATSU requirements for international students have been satisfied.