Let’s be real: you’ve been waiting to experience your life in the States for months and months now! You’ve done your research, you know where you want to live, and you’ve made a list of potential part-time gigs. You’ve thought about it to the T. But given the current health crisis, a few changes could be expected.
Universities all around the world are providing as much guidance to students as possible on the best practices and steps to take during this time to be prepared for the upcoming academic year. In the case of your Form I-20, Universities are recommending that students stay ahead of the timelines and get going with their forms. Waiting till the last minute or till the situation gets better might prove to be a disadvantage. Should things go back to their old ways, everything will begin happening quickly to make up for the lost time. Which is why we’re here to take you through the process and help you get going with your Form I-20 as soon as possible!
What is form I-20?
The hardest bits are over. But there are still a few things you’ll need to work on yet. At this point, you’ve heard everyone tell you about securing your Form I-20 and it’s time that you got down to it. Now, to clarify, any prospective student at a US University qualifies for either an F-1 or M-1 Visa category. And the first step to obtaining this is to secure your Form I-20 or the Certificate for Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F1) Student Status. It is issued by the educational institute that admits a student so you’ll need to check on this with your chosen University.
Why do I need it?
- I-901 SEVIS Fee: To be able to pay the I-901 SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Fee, you should receive your Form I-20 from the DSO of the school you’re attending.
- Nonimmigrant visa: The Form lists your date of entry into the United States and issues F-1 or M-1 student visas up to 120 days in advance of your course start date.
- Entry: The Form essentially provides or warrants your entry into the country and must be presented at the port of entry.
- Additional benefits: Once you are officially and legally enrolled in the program, you can seek out other benefits associated with your F-1 and M-1 visas such as driver’s license and social security number.
When can you get a Form I-20?
Normally, Universities send you the Form I-20 as soon as you have been accepted into a SEVP or Student and Exchange Visitor Program certified school. An official representative from the school will give you the appropriate form to be filled based on your chosen school and whether it falls in the F-1 or M-1 status group.
Although processes are delayed, universities are still accepting admissions at this point and are recommending that students get going with their Form I-20s to avoid any last-minute processes. Once a student pays the fee, they send out the Form for you to fill and submit.
Benefits of applying now
Our team at Leap Finance has been conversing with students presently residing in the USA and here’s what they’ve got to say: They believe that Universities and Schools are likely to kickstart Fall 2020 online so opting to confirm your admissions and submit your I-20s might not be such a bad call after all. Universities in the United States are likely to begin Fall 2020 online and continue on campus once international borders open.
With this in mind, it’s better that students who have confirmed admission letters from their dream Universities don’t miss out on this academic year and subsequently 12 whole months of their higher education years.
If all this information is too overwhelming and you’re unable to make the right choice, we are happy to guide you through these trying times. Do visit our website at www.leapfinance.com for more details on the loan application process. For additional queries, reach out to us over WhatsApp/call on +91 99866 01868 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.