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Frequently Asked Questions
The deadline to request an I-20 for Spring 2022 is November 22.
Visa wait times vary from days to months, depending on the location. Please check the Department of State website to find out the average wait time for a visa at your local embassy or consulate.
Normal processing time is 10 business days (Monday-Friday). We will send the electronically signed I-20 to your University of Arizona e-mail.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that Designated School Officials (DSOs) may digitally sign and electronically send Form I-20s to students at the e-mail address listed in SEVIS. If you are a minor, this email address may belong to your parent or legal guardian.
All new freshmen, transfers and exchange students admitted to the Tucson Main Campus for Spring 2022 must attend the Global Orientation program before registering for classes.
There is no global orientation program for readmitted students, graduate students or continuing students changing campus.
Orientation sessions can fill up quickly so we recommend signing up for orientation as soon as possible to reserve a spot in your desired session. You will not be able to register for classes until you have signed up for and attended orientation.
Your orientation will be a combination of online modules and live virtual sessions on Zoom:
- Complete your required pre-orientation tasks.
Log in to the Next Steps Center to:
- Pay the enrollment fee
- Sign up for Orientation
- Complete the Countdown to Orientation tile
- Complete placement exams
- Upload immunization records
- Send final transcripts
- Attend Orientation.
International students are required to attend 2 virtual orientation programs. During the Global Orientation program, you will learn about immigration requirements, cultural adjustment, and the international student experience. Your University of Arizona Orientation is where you’ll meet with advising staff, get your class schedule, learn all about life as a Wildcat, and meet your new classmates.
- Attend additional virtual sessions.
Before the semester starts, watch these informative sessions that address questions about your transition to the university.
You should print the following items to carry with your passport when you enter the U.S.:
The closest hotels to campus are the Marriott Tucson University Park, Aloft Tucson University and Graduate Hotel. With a variety of lodging and dining options, the Visit Tucson website is another good resource for finding accommodations. In general, hotels require guests to be at least 18 years old to reserve a room.
Updated 08/02/2021 As far as we are aware, as long as your F-1 visa is unexpired, you can use it with a new I-20, even if the SEVIS numbers do not match. You can read more about visa validity on the U.S. State Department website.
It is important to know that having a valid visa does not guarantee entry to the U.S. Even with valid documents, entry is always at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the port-of-entry.
Submit the following items by January 12:
Document Review e-form in MyGlobal (under "Orientation & Check-In")
New Student Information e-form in MyGlobal (under "Orientation & Check-In")
Immigration Tutorial (Once in the tutorial, use the NEXT > button to advance the slide after the audio ends. The tutorial takes 20-30 minutes to complete. At the end of the tutorial, you'll be directed to submit a MyGlobal e-form to confirm completion.)
Submit the Document Review e-form in MyGlobal (under "Orientation & Check-In") by January 12. You must also take the appropriate steps to update your admission term:
If you are an undergraduate student, you can request to defer your admission in your Future Wildcat Account. If you miss the deferment deadline, you must cancel your admission and submit a new admissions application.
If you are a graduate student, contact your program coordinator to discuss deferment options. If you are considering deferring your admission term, do not enroll until you have made a final decision for the term.
Submit the Document Review e-form in MyGlobal (under "Orientation & Check-In") by January 12. You must also take the appropriate steps so you can return to the university in the future:
If you have an Initial Attendance (new) I-20/DS-2019, your I-20/DS-2019 will be cancelled.
If you are a newly admitted student with a SEVIS transfer I-20, your record will be automatically terminated for the reason: No Show 60 days after the program start date. To avoid termination, ask the international student advisor at your previous school to request a data fix in SEVIS to cancel the transfer.
When you are ready to come to Tucson in the future, submit a new request for an I-20/DS-2019 in MyGlobal.
If you do not complete your orientation & check-in requirements by January 12, a hold will be placed on your account.
- All Students:
Document Review e-form in MyGlobal (under "Orientation & Check-In" - submit after you have entered the United States)
Students in the U.S.:
If you still have a hold after completing your orientation or check-in requirements, you may still need to submit required documents to a university office. If you have a Campus Health hold, submit your immunization records in Patient Link. If you have an ISS hold, call 520-621-4627 or email email@example.com.
Submit the Document Review e-form (under "Orientation & Check-In") to confirm you will enroll remotely. Once we review and approve your form (3-5 business days), we will update your visa type to a Distance Learner in UAccess and you will be exempted from these requirements.
The actual amount owed for tuition and fees will be posted to your account after you register for classes. You can use UAccess to pay for tuition, fees and related expenses. The Bursar’s Office will also mail you an account summary, but your UAccess account will provide the most updated information.
The deadline for tuition and fees depends on the date you register for classes. The earliest possible deadline is the first day of class, but may be later.
Newly admitted graduate students who are outside the country, have not yet obtained required visa documentation, and do not have an SSN, cannot be hired remotely.
Submit the Document Review e-form MyGlobal (under "Orientation & Check-In") so we can take action on your I-20 and update your visa type to show that you are enrolling remotely as a distance learner. Next, submit the Attestation of International Lawful Presence and supporting documentation demonstrating lawful presence in your current country of residence in UAccess. Additional instructions are available on the Registrar's website.
While you're waiting for the VLP hold to be removed: