Financial Documentation and the I-20 Process

The I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status for those who wish to study in the U.S. An admitted student takes the I-20 to the American embassy or consulate when he applies for a student visa. You are an international student requiring an I-20 if you:

  • Are currently studying in the United States on a student visa (F-1) in high school, college, or an English language program; or
  • Intend to enter the United States with a student visa
  • Financial Documentation Necessary for the I-20
  • When Rutgers Issues the I-20
  • International Student Financial Statement
  • International Student Adviser’s Report

  • Financial Documentation Necessary for the I-20:Federal government regulations require students who will hold an F-1 student visa to prove to the university that they will be financially supported while they are enrolled. For this purpose, you must submit the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) :

    Download PDF - ISFS


    • The ISFS should be submitted at the time of application or shortly thereafter; we do not accept any other form
    • Part II of the ISFS must be completed in its entirety. You must document financial support for each year you would plan to attend Rutgers University
    • The ISFS and all supporting documents must be signed and dated no more than nine months prior to your projected enrollment at Rutgers
    • Your sponsor must submit an original letter from his or her financial institution stating the amount of funds available in the account(s) that will be used to sponsor you. If your sponsor prefers, an original letter from a U.S. employer stating the sponsor's position and salary is an acceptable form of financial documentation 
    • Financial documents must be originals or faxed directly from the financial institution
    • Documentation of financial resources must be on bank letterhead, with amounts denominated in U.S. dollars.
    • Students currently attending school in the U.S. will need to submit copies of all previous I-20s and a copy of their I-94 and the international student adviser's report

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    When Rutgers Issues an I-20 
    Apply for admission by the due date to ensure that you will receive your I-20 in time to schedule an interview at the embassy or consulate and in advance of your travel.
    You will be issued an I-20 after you have:

    • Been admitted
    • Supplied all necessary financial documentation
      • You and your sponsor must complete and return the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) along with an original bank statement stating the amount of funds available in the account(s) that will be used to sponsor you
    • Accepted our offer of admission and indicated you need an I-20
      • You must indicate your intention to enroll at the university on the Your Rutgers Status screen, with the appropriate area checked indicating that you need an I-20 
      • Complete the International Student Adviser's Report if you are transferring from another U.S. institution. See your current International Student Adviser for further explanation and details.

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    International Student Adviser's Report
    If you have accepted an offer of admission to Rutgers and you are currently studying in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa:

    • You are required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to notify your foreign student adviser of your departure
    • You and your current foreign student adviser must complete and return the electronic International Student Adviser's Report, which you may access here:


      Download PDF - ISAR


      This form will provide Rutgers University your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) release date so that we may issue you a new I-20. 

    • Prior to registering for classes at Rutgers, admitted international students must report to the following office on their regional campus to check in:
      New Brunswick/Piscataway
      Center for Global Services (formely International Faculty and Student Services)
      Rutgers University
      180 College Avenue
      New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8537
      732-932-7015
      Camden
      Office of International Student Services
      Rutgers University
      311 N. Fifth St.
      Camden, New Jersey 08102
      609-225-6043
      Newark
      Office of International Student Services
      Rutgers University
      175 University Ave
      Conklin Hall, Room 216
      Newark, NJ 07102
      973-353-1427

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