I-20 & Visa
I-20 and Visa Information
The I-20 is an important immigration document that you must present to the American Consulate or Embassy in your home country to obtain an F-1 student visa before coming to the United States.
- Students qualify for an I-20 through full-time enrollment in the Intensive English Program.
- The Tutorium’s Intensive English Program issues the I-20 in 3-5 days. Same-day service may be possible.
Applying from Outside the United States
Before coming to the United States, you must complete the following steps to receive your student visa.
Complete our application to the Intensive English Program for full-time study.
- Make sure you send us all the required documents. To qualify for an I-20, you must include proof of financial support.
- Your application should be sent 4-6 weeks before the start of the session.
- When your application is complete, and you have paid the application fee, we will create your I-20 to you.
Once you receive your I-20 in the mail, apply for a student visa.
Important note: Receiving your I-20 does not guarantee that you will receive a student visa at your visa appointment
Proof of Financial Support for I-20
You will need Proof of Financial Support documents for both Step 1 and Step 2 above.
- You must submit proof of financial support to apply to our Intensive English Program, and to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for the F-1 student visa.
- Immigration regulations require that all students show they have enough funds for the estimated expenses for one session in our Intensive English Program.
- Estimated Expenses for One Session in our Intensive English Program is $12,665.
- All students must show a minimum of $12,665 in their financial support documents, no matter where they live or where they get their health insurance.
Estimated Expenses for One Session
|Expense||Cost for One Session|
|Total Estimated Expenses||$12,665|
Required Documents for Showing Proof of Financial Support
Applicants must show proof of financial support in one of the following ways:
Student or Sponsor* Funds
Provide a bank letter on official bank letterhead with authentic signatures and official bank stamp (Original, email, fax or upload to student application is accepted). Example of an acceptable bank letter
- The amount available must be no less than the Estimated Expenses for One Session: $12,665.
- The letter can show the amount in U.S. dollars or the equivalent of this amount in any other currency.
- The letter must include the name of the account holder.
- The letter must show the type of bank account (such as “savings,” “checking” or “current account”).
- The account funds must be an accessible source of money by the start of classes. It cannot be a business account.
- The letter must include a date of issue.
- This letter must be no older than 6 months when we receive your application.
- If the letter is not in English, a translation must be attached.
Applicants should also obtain an original bank letter to submit to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for the F-1 student visa.
*If Using Sponsor Funds, submit:
Scholarship or Other Institutional Support
- Submit an official letter from the sponsoring organization that states the specific amount of funds granted.