FORM I-20 INFORMATION
WHAT IS THE FORM I-20?
A Form I-20 is government form on which
Philadelphia University certifies to the U.S.
government that you are eligible for F-1 Student
Status. It certifies that you have met our admission
requirements, have been accepted for a full course
of study and have proven to us that you have enough
money to study and live in the United States without
working illegally or suffering from poverty.
WHY DO YOU NEED THE FORM
You need a Form I-20 to obtain an F-1
student visa or status, or to keep lawful F-1 status
when transferring or changing schools within the
GETTING YOUR FORM I-20:
Sometimes, we may have to ask you to give
us more evidence of your financial ability, perhaps
more than once. The U.S. government requires that we
be absolutely sure, to the best of our ability, that
you have enough financial support to cover the full
cost of your program. Too little money causes pain
and distress for students. We insist students and
their families look closely at the cost of living
and studying in the U.S. and make careful plans to
insure that the studentís needs are met.
IN ORDER TO RECEIVE AN
Please follow these instructions
U.S. law requires that you prove that you can
support your minimum annual costs for every year
of your program of study. You must provide
documents that will convince the government that
you have cash to cover your first year in the U.S.
and sufficient and dependable financial resources
to cover every additional year.
Do not expect that you will be able to work to
help meet your minimum annual costs. The
Immigration Service strictly controls off-campus
employment and opportunities on-campus are
All documents you provide must be in English
and less than six months old. Send us
photocopies or faxes, not the originals. You will
need the originals of all documents you have sent
us to give to the American Embassy when we send
you your I-20.
You may support yourself with your own personal
funds that come only from your own savings and
investments. They are not funds that are given
to you by another person. Unless you have enough
cash to support yourself for your entire program
of study, you will need a sponsor with an income
sufficient to support you.
Proof of your personal funding is indicated by
bank statements in your name only, which state the
date the account was opened, current balances in
US dollars, average deposits and average balances.
Statements must specify balances unless it is
stated to be a minimum of six figures in U.S.
dollars. If your statement shows that your
funds are fixed, meaning that they do not produce
substantial income, your balance will be divided
by the number of years in your program of study to
determine the amount you will have available for
Please note academic international scholarships
do not cover all expenses. You must provide
documentation for minimum annual expenses.
You may support yourself with funds from other
sponsors such as, parents, relatives, or
organizations. You may have as many sponsors
as you need. It is highly recommended that at
least part of your support come from your home
country for the purposes of visa issuance.
A sponsor should promise only as much money as
he or she is able to give you. Some sponsors
believe that the more money they promise, the
easier it will be to get your I-20. The most
common reason for the rejection of financial
documents is that we do not believe the sponsor
can afford to give as much as promised. A sponsor
should promise only what he or she intends to give
and only as much as can be afforded.
Each sponsor providing cash support must give
us all the following documents to prove financial
responsibility. If all these documents are not
received, your sponsorís support will not be
Statement of Support
Form. This form may be photocopied
for each sponsor. All questions must be answered.
This statement must be signed by the sponsor in the
presence of a notary public, the notary public must
sign, and the official seal of the notary public
must be on the statement. There are notaries public
at all US embassies and consulates. In the US, most
lawyers and accountants are notaries. There are
notaries in all countries, though the names for them
may be different. They are officials licensed by the
national or regional government to take sworn
statements for courts of law or to witness contracts
and property deeds.
Proof of Income.
This must be on the employerís letterhead, on income
tax returns or receipts or estimated by a bank or
private accountant when the sponsor is a
self-employed businessperson. The income of the
company is not the income of the owner of the
business and will not be accepted as proof of
income. You must provide an official statement of
the salary paid to the owner or sponsor.
This bank statement must be in the name of the
sponsor only. It must state the date the account was
opened, current account balance in U.S. dollars,
average deposits and average balances. We cannot
accept statements that do not specify balances
unless it is stated to be a minimum of six figures
in U.S. dollars.