I-20 / Visa Information

SEVIS (Student/Exchange Visitor Information System)

The Office of the International Student Coordinators sends information through SEVIS for each F-1 and M-1 student (and their dependents) carrying a Montgomery College form I-20.

Montgomery College is authorized to issue the SEVIS I-20 form, “Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant student status.” The following boxes explain the procedures for requesting a SEVIS I-20. SEVIS is the Student/Exchange Visitor Information System that allows a school to create a form I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility". The I-20 (data and printed form) provides the information needed from the school for a student to apply to the United States government for a student visa for entry into the United States or Student Status within the United States. NOTE: The deadlines for requesting SEVIS I-20s are much earlier than for academic admission.  Applicants must meet all requirements to receive an I-20.  No "provisional" or "conditional" I-20 can be issued. 

SEVIS (Student/Exchange Visitor Information System)

The Office of the International Student Coordinators sends information through SEVIS for each F-1 and M-1 student (and their dependents) carrying a Montgomery College form I-20.

All U.S. educational institutions are required to send international student information to United States Citizenship & Immigration Services [USCIS] through a computer system called the Student/Exchange Visitor Information System [SEVIS]. The Office of the International Student Coordinators sends information through SEVIS for each F-1 and M-1 student (and their dependents) carrying a Montgomery College form I-20.

Each semester, the International Student Coordinators are required  to confirm your enrollment through SEVIS. To be sure that we are sending accurate information, we ask that you confirm your biographical and academic information with the College.  

  1. Log in to MyMC to verify your address, phone number, non-MC e-mail address, program of study, etc. 
  2. Read Update Your Information for instructions on making changes or corrections to your student record information.
  3. Submit a Change of Major, Program of Study, Curriculum form to the Registrar's Office on your home campus to change your program of study/major. (F-1 students must be seeking a degree, not only a certificate.)  **You may wish to see an Academic Counselor for assistance.
  4. If you are not sure whether or not you are registered Full Time also check "My Schedule OR Register/Add Drop Classes" to see that you are currently enrolled in at least 12 "Billing Hours."
Automatic Visa Revalidation

(MAY RE-ENTER THE U.S. EVEN IF YOUR VISA IS EXPIRED)
You always need a SIGNED I-20
[new signature for each entry to the U.S.]

"CONTIGUOUS TERRITORY" = Canada and Mexico.
"ADJACENT ISLANDS" :

Angular
Antigua
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Barbuda
Bermuda
Bonaire
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Curacao

Dominica
The Dominican Republic)
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Haiti
Jamaica
Marie-Galante
Martinique
Miguel
Montserrat
Saba

Saint Bartholomew
Saint Christopher
Saint Estates
Saint Kitts-Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Marten
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Calicos Islands

NOTE: Automatic Revalidation is NOT available:

  1. For travel to one's home country/country of citizenship,
  2. If you APPLY for a new U.S. visa while in that country
  3. If you stay over 30 days in the country.
  4. If you are done two or more changes of status within U.S.
  5. If your country does not have current full diplomatic relationship with U.S.
Extending the Graduation Date on Your I-20

If you plan to continue here at MC after your “Program End Date”, you must extend your I-20.

 If you PLAN TO CONTINUE here at Montgomery College after your “Program End Date”, you must EXTEND your I-20.

We must have:

  1. A copy of the approved graduation application you received from the Graduation Coordinator on your campus OR a letter, form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , or other advising sheet emailed by an Academic Counselor (or Department Advisor) to our office showing your expected graduation date for your degree program.  Keep working with your current counselor if you have already discussed graduation requirements. Make an appointment in Starfish (for a full hour/two 30 minute appointments together if possible). If you do not have a counselor, choose a full-time counselor by checking the “General Overview” found under each counselor’s name, to see if they are full-time or part-time. For any questions about seeing a counselor for this process, contact the Counseling Center on your home campus.  

    AND

  2. If you need Two or More Semesters to complete your program we will need to update your financial support information.

    Due to the Covid 19 situation, we know it may be difficult to get financial documents at this time. We can extend your I-20 for only one semester at this time and you can provide new financial support information during the Fall 2020 semester to extend your I-20 for the rest of the time you need.

    If you already have financial support information, you can request a secure Dropbox to upload the information to us by emailing I20questions@montgomerycollege.edu to ask us to create a Dropbox for you and/or your sponsor to use. To know what financial documents you need, please see "Evidence Of Financial Support." (if your sponsor has not changed, you do not need a new "Sponsor Obligations Form")
PLEASE NOTE: Whatever degree and time period you and your counselor decide is what you are expected to do.  If you want to change the classes or your degree focus you MUST contact our office.  We cannot extend for additional time because you choose to take classes other than what is needed for your degree.
I-20 Travel Signature and Instructions

If you need your I-20 signed to travel for summer or winter, you must complete this process at least two weeks before leaving.

If you need your I-20 signed to travel for summer or winter, you must complete this process at least two weeks before leaving.
  1. STEP 1: Register full time for FALL / SPRING classes 
  2. STEP 2:  Make sure you will be full time when you return.  Travel during classes will require permission In Writing (email is OK) from the instructor of any class you will miss more than one meeting of.Travel between semesters will require you either: PAY for FALL / SPRING semester in full OR Sign up and pay for the TIP Payment Plan on MyMC (Including the $35 fee and at least 25% of your tuition)
  3. STEP 3: Bring your I-20 that you received most recently to the office (original please, not a copy).  
  4. STEP 4: Fill in the "I-20 Travel Signature Request" form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) and bring it with you.  
  5. STEP 5: Use your signed I-20, your valid passport, and your valid F-1 visa to re-enter the United States

SPECIAL SITUATIONS

  • Not returning for FALL / SPRING: we cannot sign your I-20
  • Transferring: use the new school's I-20
  • Not going to school: make an appointment
  • Do not have/cannot find your I-20: See your International Coordinator for a Re-Print.  Bring police or security report if passport was lost or believed stolen. 
  • Passport Expired: Contact your Embassy in Washington D.C. (You may end up carrying two passports if you get a new one and your visa is in the old one)

To re-new (or "re-validate") the F-1 visa stamp in your passport - you will need:

  1. an Official Transcript and
  2. a new set of original financial documents to take to the US Consulatenew window (Wait Time for Consulate Appointmentnew window)
    (You MAY need a support letter explaining your transcript (please e-mail your coordinator at least one week before your appointment)

To obtain your first F-1 visa stamp (if you changed status in the US), you will need:

  1. your Change of Status approval notice, and
  2. Official Transcripts, and
  3. a new set of original financial documents to take to the US Consulatenew window (Wait Time for Consulate Appointmentnew window)
    (You MAY need a support letter explaining your transcript (please e-mail your coordinator at least one week before your appointment)

LATE I-20 Signature process: A SIGNED I-20 is needed to ENTER to the United States from another country. You do not need it to leave. If you CANNOT get your I-20 signed before departing for the United States you must do the following:

  1. Register Full Time (12 or more Billing Hours) for the next term.
  2. Pay all tuition due OR sign up for the TIP payment plan (see e-cashier on MyMC)
  3. Get your ORIGINAL I-20 and a copy of your payment receipt or TIP plan to a TRUSTED FRIEND or local contact to bring to an International Coordinator for a signature.
  4. The International Coordinator will EITHER:
    • Mail the signed I-20 to wherever you specify (this is NOT express mail) OR

    • Give your signed I-20 to the person who you designate (or the person who brought in the I-20 to the office) and that person can get the I-20 to you.

PLEASE BE AWARE:

*If there is a problem with your status, we CANNOT sign your I-20.

*You need additional documents to apply for an F-1 visa stamp.

 

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