An I-20 is the document that international students need in order to obtain a visa to study in the United States. New international students are issued an initial I-20 by a Designated School Official (DSO) from Baylor’s International Student & Scholar Services. After a student has been admitted to Baylor and has paid the enrollment fee deposit, he or she must submit the Immigration Status Form and Confirmation of Financial Resources* in order to qualify for an I-20. The I-20 is required in order to apply for a visa.
*Graduate students will typically work with a Baylor DSO to submit financial documents rather than the standard Confirmation of Financial Resources.
- A student must be admitted to Baylor and pay the enrollment fee deposit.
- After deposit is paid, the student’s information will be transferred to the Global Bears System.
- The student will be notified via their Baylor email account to log in to the Global Bears System in order to begin processing his or her I-20.
- The student will be directed to complete the Immigration Status Form and upload the Confirmation of Financial Resources* form in the Global Bears System.
- A DSO will work with the student until documents are acceptable and the student qualifies for the I-20.
- Once the student qualifies for the I-20, a DSO will issue the initial I-20.
- A DSO will send an initial email with a copy of page 1 of the I-20 to the incoming student for them to review it for mistakes (name, degree, funding, etc.) and request the student to respond immediately.
- After the student confirms accuracy of I-20, a DSO will send the hard copy of the I-20 to the student at the mailing address indicated by the student on the ISF with the following materials:
- International Advisor Business Card
- Campus Information Materials
- Letter from the Vice Provost for Global Engagement
- Information About Preparing for the Visa Interview and Arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry
- A DSO will send a follow-up with tracking data for the I-20.
- The student must pay the SEVIS Fee and schedule his or her visa appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consular Office.