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Step 2: Get Your I-20

The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status is a very important document that you need to apply for the F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy.  You will need the I-20, your official SMSU admission letter, and the F-1 student visa stamp inside your passport to enter the United States.   

The U.S. Federal Regulations prohibits us from issuing an I-20 until you are officially admitted.  While you wait for the official admission letter, you may submit the required documents below.  Please submit all the required documents through your online application portal.    

Required Documents for the I-20

Don’t worry, we will automatically get this once you are admitted.

Please complete the Financial Statement Form or send a separate financial affidavit of support from your sponsor(s). The financial statement form must be notarized by a notary public, government magistrate, or commissioner of oaths.  By signing this form, your financial sponsor(s) verifies that he/she is the person who has access to the funds and that he/she is aware of the commitment to support you for the duration of your studies.  Sponsors and students must show a balance of $21,350.00 USD available.  This amount includes tuition, room and board, required health insurance, books, and other fees for one academic year of studies.  

Please submit an official bank statement from your sponsor that has been printed within the last three months. The bank statement must show a balance that is equal to one year of tuition and living expenses.  The financial statement and the bank statements must be from the same individual. Students should expect an increase in costs of about 3-6% each year afterward.  Certified copies are acceptable.

Sponsors and students must show a balance of $21,350.00 USD available for the student's use.  This amount includes tuition, room and board, required health insurance, books, and other fees for one academic year of studies.  Please note that this amount is an average amount and actual expenses may vary slightly.  

Please provide us with a colored copy of the information page of your passport that includes your name, date of birth, your photo, expiration date, and other essential information. Please make sure that the color copy is clear and readable to prevent any error in processing your application.

Please submit a copy of your F-1 Visa once you receive it.

This is specifically for students who are currently in the United States studying at a high school or college/university.  Please submit this SEVIS Transfer Form so your current institution can release your SEVIS I-20 record to SMSU.  We can only issue you a new I-20 once we receive this form and your current institution has released your SEVIS I-20 record to SMSU.

A report of medical history is required from each applicant.  It is your responsibility to provide an accurate past medical history.  Please fill the Report of Medical History & Immunizations form and email it with the rest of your documents.

Minnesota State Law (Minn. Statute 135A.14) requires that students born after 1956 must be immunized against 5 major vaccine-preventable diseases:

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): One dose given on or after the first birthday. Another dose is recommended for complete protection.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria: One dose every ten years

Please read through the Report of Medical History & Immunizations from carefully and fill in the form as required and email the completed form to SMSU Health Services to Ms. Valerie Dallenbach at

Set Up Your Express Mail Delivery

Once the I-20 is issued, an admission packet with your I-20 and Official SMSU Admission Letter will be mailed to you.  Please click on the link below to set up the express mail delivery of your admission packet.  Please be sure to select the correct level of your degree during the set up.  As a reminder, all undergraduates must pay the non-refundable $200 Application Processing & Shipping Fee mentioned in Step 1 before your packet can be mailed.


Once your packet arrives, move on to Step 3 to begin the Student Visa process.  Skip this step if you are in the U.S. and already have one. 

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