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 and all supporting documents must be signed and dated no more than nine months prior to your projected enrollment at Rutgers.
    • 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.
    • Your sponsor must submit a bank letter/statement from his or her financial institution stating the amount of funds available in the account(s) that will be used to sponsor you.
    • Documentation of financial resources must be on bank letterhead, with amounts denominated in U.S. dollars.
    • You may submit copies of your bank letter/statement to Rutgers via email or fax for the purpose of issuing your I-20. However, you must retain the original bank letter/statement for your visa interview.

    Students currently attending school in the U.S. will need to submit copies of all previous I-20s and their completed International Student Adviser’s Report (ISAR).

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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 a bank letter/statement stating the amount of funds available in the account(s) that will be used to sponsor you
      • Documentation of financial resources must be on bank letterhead, with amounts denominated in U.S. dollars.
      • You may submit copies of your bank letter/statement to Rutgers via email or fax for the purpose of issuing your I-20. However, you must retain the original bank letter for your visa interview.
    • 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
      Center for International Programs
      215 N. 3rd Street, Suite 112
      Camden, NJ 08102
      856-225-6832
    • 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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