Form I-20 & F-1 Student Visa
Form I-20 and F-1 Student Visa
Mercy college operates on a rolling admissions schedule so we accept your documents at any time. However, we ask that you submit your documents for admission and an I-20 at least 30 days before the start date of your program so you have enough time to get an F-1 student visa or transfer you SEVIS record from your current US institution.
After you are admitted to Mercy College, the International Students Office will contact you within 1 week of acceptance to begin the I-20 application process. If you coming from abroad and would like to check on the average wait time for an F-1 student visa in your country, please enter the city of your nearest US consulate on the State Department's Visa Appointment and Processing Wait Times website.
If you would like to learn more about our I-20 Eligibility Forms, I-20 application process, financial requirements and obtaining an F-1 student visa, please visit our International Student Services Office website.
Questions & Forms
What is a SEVIS I-20 Form and why do I need one?
A SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) I-20 is a United States government form issued by Mercy College for the purpose of certifying to the United States government that you are eligible for F-1 student status. The SEVIS I-20 form certifies that you have been fully admitted to Mercy College, that you are expected to be a "bona fide" student, that you will pursue a full course of study and that you have enough funds to study and live in the United States. You will need the SEVIS I-20 form in order to obtain an F-1 student visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your country and to maintain your student status while in the United States.
Why do you need a Form I-20
You need this SEVIS l-20 form in order to obtain an F-1 student visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your country and to maintain your student status while in the United States.
How do you get a Form I-20 from Mercy College?
To receive a Form I-20, you first must be fully admitted to the college. Please visit the Getting Your Form I-20 section of our International Students Office website for more information.
How do I obtain my visa?
Once you are admitted and receive your I-20 from the International Students Office, you can apply for an F-1 student visa from your local American consulate or embassy. Please see the Obtaining Your Visa section of our International Student Office website for more information.
All students must submit the following immunization forms prior to their first day of class. These documents are not required for the I-20, but are required by Mercy College to attend classes:
- MMR Immunization Record
- Meningitis Immunization Form