Please download and print our New International Student Checklist to ensure you are prepared to enter the U.S. and start your program at the UA.
Transfer Students: If you are currently on an F-1 visa and studying/or recently studied at a school in the U.S. you may be considered a "transfer" student to the UA. You will need to work with your current International Student Advisor to complete the F-1 Student SEVIS Transfer-In Form.
Financial Guarantee form: Use the ISS Financial Guarantee Form for New Students only if you have not yet submitted your Financial Guarantee to receive your Form I-20 or DS-2019.
If you have been admitted to The University of Arizona (UA), and completed all the necessary requirements, the UA Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions office will issue you a Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) Status, or for J-1 student status, a DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. Review your date of birth and the spelling of your name on the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 carefully. If any of your biographical data is incorrect, notify the Admissions office immediately.
Once you receive your Form I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to pay a SEVIS I-901 fee. After you pay this fee, contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate and apply for a student visa with the appropriate visa application forms. For more information/to download visa forms, visit travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1270.html or contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your area. We advise that you apply for a student visa promptly since processing times vary at each U.S. Embassy or Consulate. After you receive your visa stamp from the U.S. Consulate, review it immediately to make sure that the name and date of birth are the same as on your form I-20 or DS-2019. Also be certain that you have received the correct type of visa status on your visa stamp. Please refer to the following list for items that may be required as evidence of your eligibility for a non-immigrant visa:
*Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 signed and dated by the designated school official.
*Passport valid for at least six months.
*Admission or acceptance to a U.S. institution for a full course of study.
*Proficiency in the English language.
*Sufficient financial resources to defray all living and school expenses during the entire period of anticipated study in the United States.
*One photograph for each applicant age 16 and older, showing full face, with head covering (if required by religious custom), against a light background, see http://travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors_info_photo.html for details
The visa issued by the consulate does not guarantee entry to the United States. Immigration Services has authority to deny admission at the port-of-entry; therefore, please be careful to have all your documents in order upon arrival. Prior to disembarking from the airplane, the flight attendant will pass out a white form called the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. You will need to fill out all pertinent information regarding your arrival in the United States. At the port-of-entry, an inspector will review your documents and stamp your passport, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and I-94 to indicate the entry date, location of entry, visa type , and D/S (Duration of Status).
1. Canadians do not need visa stamps to enter the United States, but they must present proof of the SEVIS I-901 fee, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 at the port-of-entry to be properly classified in a nonimmigrant student status and have their document and I-94 stamped.
2. Mexican students who enter at a land Port of Entry must be sure to have their Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 processed and receive an I-94 card.
3. Students who are eligible to enter the U.S. under the visa waiver program should not choose this option as it is for visiting only. You need to apply for the appropriate student visa instead or you will not be eligible to enroll in classes.
4. Make sure your immigration documents are stamped correctly. See above paragraph for details. Failure to do this may delay registration.
If you are arriving late, you MUST still sign up for orientation and will be assessed the Orientation Fees outlined above. Please email email@example.com and type Late Arrival Assistance in the subject line. When you arrive, report to our office for Late Arrival Assistance with the immigration documents listed above.
U.S. Department of State websites for International Students
- Check your visa application status here.
- Click here to view an informative video, Student to Student: Studying in the States. This video answers your questions about what to expect and how to stay compliant with Department of Homeland Security rules and regulations while you’re a student in the United States. Current international students also explain how to navigate the various government agencies involved in the international student process, what to expect once you arrive in the United States, how to maintain your status during your program of study, and how to explore post-graduate opportunities.
- Studying in the U.S.
- More about studying in the U.S. (new!)
Temporary housing is not offered during the Spring 2014 semester. To find a temporary place to live, please check out local accommodations around our campus. There are several hotels and motels located within 1-2 miles from campus.
To find a permanent place to live in Tucson, see below:
1) Residence Life
2) (Undergrads only) Global Living Learning Community
3) Off-Campus Housing
4) Orientation Fair- apartments will be on-site