Visa Issuance Process
To be issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status (I-20) or a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Exchange Visitor Status (DS-2019), you must be admitted and confirmed into a full-time program and provide a financial guarantee for educational expenses. The U.S. government requires that schools determine that individuals can meet their expenses without resorting to unlawful employment or public funds.
You must provide a financial guarantee for the first year and provide information on how your educational expenses will be supported in all succeeding years at Drexel. You may use proof of personal funds, family funds or your government scholarship letter. All Sponsors and self-supporting students need to submit a current official bank letter (dated within the past six months) in your name, and signed by a bank official verifying the amount that is on deposit which is translated into English and U.S dollars.
Please print or type your name exactly as it appears on your passport and complete the ‘Affidavit of Support’ from Personal Sponsor.
You cannot receive the I-20 or DS-2019 required for the issuance of a visa without this information. Please keep in mind that missing or incorrect information will delay the process.
In general, most students are given the I-20. Those students who are government sponsored or who are on exchange programs are given the DS-2019. Once you have received the I-20 or Ds-2019, you will be ready to apply for a student visa. Every U.S. embassy and consulate has different procedures for applying for a visa. Go to http://usembassy.state.gov/ to find the website for the U.S. embassy or consulate closest to your home.