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Newly Admitted International Students
After the school informs the OIS of your intent to enroll, you will be contacted by an international advisor from our office to complete our New Student Document Request. We also will require supporting documentation — a copy of your passport ID page, verification of finances, etc.
After the OIS receives your completed New Student Document Request, we will issue a new I-20 or DS-2019 visa document and send it to you. Once you receive the visa document, you can pay the SEVIS fee and schedule your visa interview with the U.S. Consulate. Please be aware that the earliest you can apply for a visa stamp is 120 days before the start date of your program.
You may enter the United States as early as 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
Checklist for Newly Admitted International Students
- Accept offer of admission.
- The Office of International Services (OIS) will contact you to complete the New Student Request Form.
- Submit New Student Request Form and supporting documentation to the OIS.
- Arrange for housing while attending UMB.
Students currently inside the U.S.
- Complete the appropriate Transfer Form if presently in F-1 or J-1 student status.
- If you need to change status to the appropriate student status, vist the FAQ and click "How to Change to Student Status".
Students currently outside the U.S.
- Arrange for shipment of your documents by E-Ship Global
- Receive I-20 or DS-2019 and pay the SEVIS fee.
- Schedule an appointment at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy for your visa AFTER receiving your I-20 or DS-2019 from the OIS.
- Gather all the required documents for your visa interview.
- Receive your visa and make travel arrangements.
Once you arrive
- Check in with the OIS. Newly-arriving international students MUST check in with the OIS within 30 days after the start date on the student's I-20 or DS-2019. If you do not check in at the OIS, you may lose your valid immigration status in the United States.
- If you will be delayed in your arrival and do not expect to reach the United States by the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019, please contact the OIS immediately, as we may need to update your SEVIS record.
- Check in at the OIS in Suite 302 of the SMC Campus Centerduring the Walk-In Advising hours listed on the left and bring with you:
- Your passport
- I-20 or DS-2019