All F-1/J-1 visa-related documentation must be sent to the International Students & Scholars Office. Admitted students will receive an email on the Friday after their acceptance, with detailed instructions on how to apply for a UMass Lowell Visa Document. Please note that our office is now paperless, so you should complete the e-form sent to you via email. Sending materials via email or mail to our office or any other campus office will delay the processing of your visa document. You must upload these materials directly to our office even if you previously mailed them in your admissions application. In order to be issued either a Form I-20 (to obtain F-1 visa status) or Form DS-2019 (to obtain J-1 visa status), you will need to provide us with the following documents:
Financial documentation must be liquid funding submitted in the form of a bank statement. Other forms of financial documentation may be scholarship or education loans. Our office does not accept investment accounts, home equity, tax returns, or proof of salary.
Although you’re only asked to present proof of one year of funding as per our Estimate of Expenses, you are legally expected to be able to continue to fund your U.S. educational costs for the duration of your academic program. On-campus jobs are scarce and off-campus work authorization is very restrictive for international students, so it is imperative that you have access to the needed funding in order to be able to cover your expenses. Once on campus, students are not permitted to register for future semesters unless they’ve paid up their previous semester’s bill and if they’re international, they’re legal status depends on them being able to continue to register as full-time students.
Please keep in mind that we strongly discourage students to depend on on-campus work to assist with the costs of study while in the U.S. There is no guarantee that you will secure employment on campus, and if you do, the hours available may not be reliable (you may only receive a few hours or inconsistent hours). On-campus work opportunities can be challenging to find, and for some student it can take 1 or 2 semester to find work. This type of income is supplementary spending money, not the type to support daily living expenses, bills, or school tuition/fees.