What is an I-20?
A Form I-20 (or just an "I-20") is an official document that is issued by your university and attached to multiple entities, namely, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This document contains supporting information that is relative to all these entities so that you can obtain something called a VISA and so that they can track your duration of stay and make sure you are eligible to be in the United States.
The most important pieces of information on your I-20 are: your SEVIS number (which is reported to SEVIS and USCIS when the university generates your I-20), your university, the university number, the degree granting program, and the duration of the program along with the projected costs of the program for a year.
The United States consulate/embassy in your home country uses this document to make a decision on whether you can be granted entry into the United States, on the basis of your academic credentials and your financial status as outlined in the I-20, and which are justified and proven by the financial documents you furnish at the in-person Visa Interview.
Why is the duration mentioned on the I-20 so important? This is because your degree granting program is generally governed by something called a Statute of Limitations, which specifies a time frame in which you are supposed to complete your program and obtain your degree. For most masters I-20s that I have seen, it is thirty-six (36) months or three (3) years, and for most PhD programs or doctoral I-20s, it is seven (7) years. If you are not able to finish your program in this time-frame, your graduate program director needs to request an extension to the Statute of Limitations justifying the extension and why you need more time. One this is done, the graduate dean signs off on this and USCIS and the other agencies are notified by the issuing of a renewed I-20 through the SEVIS.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Each section contains details about what exactly is to be filled in which field of the DS-160 form
GO to : https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
select location and then click on start an application.
PLEASE SAVE THE FORM AFTER FILLING IN EACH PAGE. This will avoid mistakes.
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(For M.S. in USA)
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