The Form I-20 is an important document that you should keep safe, as you will need it throughout the international student life cycle.
After paying your seat deposit, request your I-20. All international students that study in the United States need a form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”.
Once accepted into a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school, international students will receive a Form I-20 from their designated school official (DSO). You and your DSO must both sign the Form I-20. If you are under age 18, your parents must sign the Form I-20 for you.
In order to be issued a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), submit the following documents to your DSO in the Office of the Registrar:
- Immigration Questionnaire
- Proof of Financial Resources
- Transfer-In Form – Only required if you are currently attending another U.S. College
South Texas College of Law Houston will only issue an I-20 once your Immigration Questionnaire is complete and financial resources are considered complete.
**If you do not need an I-20 from South Texas College of Law Houston, please complete the Immigration Questionnaire and submit legible photocopies of both sides of any U.S. immigration documents you have indicating your current status. For example, these might include a U.S. “Resident Alien” card, Department of Homeland Security or State Department notations or stamps on your passport, your I-94, I-20, DS-2019, or Department of Homeland Security letters. Please do not send original documents; send only photocopies.
Proof of Financial Resources
Students are required to show proof of one full year of funding while applying for an I-20.
The estimate budget for the 2019-2020 academic year for a full time student is $56,450.00.
Tuition & Fees: $34,050.00
Living Expenses: $22,400.00
Required Documents for Various Sources of Funding
Your funding can come from a variety of sources, such as private funds, college funds, sponsoring company/agency/government funds.
Private funds can be provided by individuals such as the student, friends or family members. Financial support can come from inside or outside the United States.
If you will be supported by private funds, please provide the following:
- Bank Statement(s):
- Should be current. The bank statement should include three most recent months worth of transactions.
- Should be official. The bank statement should clearly identify document source (monthly mailed statement, online statement, statement by request, etc.) and include the account holder’s name, type of account, bank name and branch
- Should be legible. Originals may be requested at South Texas College of Law Houston’s discretion
- Should contain the specific amount of money available. The bank statement must show liquid assets such as cash deposits, certificates of deposit, saving accounts, etc. Statements regarding property, jewelry, cars, and other non-liquid assets are NOT acceptable. Statements regarding investments such as stocks and bonds are also not acceptable.
- Should contain the specific denomination and currency of the funds. It is acceptable that the funds are in currencies other than U.S. dollars.
- Personal Support Letter:
- Have the individual who is supporting you complete the Declaration of Support form (attached to this email) and submit with your financial documents.
- If your funding comes from multiple sponsors, each sponsor needs to provide this form, along with the bank statement.
- I-134 Affidavit of Support:
(in case funding is from an individual currently residing in the U.S.)
In addition to the bank statement and the personal support letter, if the individual who is supporting you is inside the United States they should also submit the I-134, Affidavit of Support and supporting documents. The original must be submitted. Please read the directions of the I-134 to learn what supporting documents are required.
Please note that South Texas College of Law Houston will not accept Chartered Accountant statements.
|Important Notice Concerning Personal Security
For your personal security, please be sure to avoid sending complete bank account numbers. However, financial documentation should display enough information so our staff can tell the difference between multiple accounts. For example, if you have multiple accounts with the same bank, and, if the accounts do not have different names listed on the bank documentation (e.g. checking account, savings account, etc.), you should mark out all but the last 4 numbers of the account to show the difference in the account numbers.