Form I-20 is issued to a student who has been admitted to a degree-granting program at a college or university. At UNH, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) issues the I-20 after the student has been formally admitted and has provided all the necessary financial documentation required by federal regulations. The I-20 contains information about the student and indicates the planned program of study, the school to which the student must report and is valid only for the program start/end dates as listed.
The student uses the I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his/her home country. The F-1 visa permits the student to enter the U.S. in F-1 student status and report to the academic institution that issued the I-20.
On entry to the U.S., the student presents a valid foreign passport containing the F-1 visa and the I-20 to an Immigration Officer. The officer will examine the documents and may ask specific questions related to the course of study. If satisfied, the officer will admit the student to the U.S. in F-1 status and stamp the foreign passport (generating an I-94 record).
Click here to be directed to the Department of Homeland Security for more information on the Form I-20.