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Preparing to Study In the United States

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A step-by-step guide for students preparing to study In the United States to make your transition as easy as possible.

Apply for the I-20
Submit a completed I-20 application, financial documentation (including proof of financial capability, scholarship awards, etc.), a copy of your passport, and a copy of your acceptance letter.
Receive I-20
You will receive an e-mail from Niagara University when your I-20 is ready to make mailing arrangements. When you receive your I-20, verify all information is correct, read page 3 and sign the student attestation, pay your SEVIS fee and print your receipt.
Acquire Visa
Schedule an appointment with a U..S. embassy or consulate in your home country and bring your I-20 packet, SEVIS receipt, financial documentation, and identity verification.
Travel to the U.S.A.
Make travel arrangements so as to not arrive in the U.S.A. more than 30 days before your program start date. Be sure to bring your I-20 packet (with all additional information and copies) and your identity verification (likely a passport).
Maintain F-1 Status
Report to campus for an in-person check-in and registration at the beginning of every semester. Keep the DSO informed about changes to your course load, address, etc.