Ryan Donaldson ’15

Major: Medical Technology
Hometown:North Canton, Ohio

When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.

U.S. Government Regulations

Visas and Appropriate Documentation

International students who have been offered admission to the University of Mount Union and have accepted it receive a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 form) from the Office of International Recruitment and Admission. This document, together with documentary evidence of financial ability to attend the University of Mount Union, and the student's passport (valid for at least six months beyond the date of a student's projected arrival date), should be submitted to the nearest United States consulate or embassy abroad for issuance of an entry visa (except Canadians; see below). The visa is affixed directly into the student's passport. This visa "stamp" is important only for entry into the U.S.

Note to Citizens of Canada
Passport and visa requirements for entry into the United States do not pertain to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants of Canada entering the United States from Canada. Canadian students must apply directly to an immigration inspector at a port of entry for admission to the United States as an F-1 student by presenting the Form I-20 with their passport.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. International students should not visit any offices of the U.S.C.I.S. unless they have first consulted with the Office of International Recruitment and Admission at Mount Union, as they may unwittingly jeopardize their legal status.

Form I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for non-Immigration (F-1) Student Status
This is the basic document which F-1 students use to obtain student visas from U.S. consulates and embassies abroad, as well as to enter and exit the United States during the program of study, and to transfer from one school to another.

Form DS-2019: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status
This is the basic document which J-1 sponsored students and visiting scholars must use to obtain entry visas from U.S. consulates and embassies abroad, as well as to enter and exit the United States during their program of study, and to transfer from one school to another

Form I-94: Arrival/Departure Record
It is a record of important information: the entrant's name, birth date, country of citizenship, the arrival/departure number (very important), the date of entry into the U.S., and the type of entry visa used to enter the country. This is an important document used to establish legal status while in the U.S.

 

Entry Visas and Entry Procedure

Note about Entry Visas
An entry visa is not a guarantee of entry into the U.S. The bearer of a visa is subject to inspection at the port of entry (POE) by U.S. Immigration officials, who have authority to deny admission. Therefore, the recipient of a visa should carry with him/her, for possible presentation to Immigration Inspectors, all the evidence submitted to the Consular Officer when the visa was obtained.

F-1 Student Entry Visa
Most students enter the United States on an F-1 student visa for the purpose of completing a degree program at an American educational institution. The F-1 visa is a stamp (sometimes computerized) affixed to a page in a student's passport by a U.S. Consular Office abroad. It allows a person seeking F-1 Student Status to enter the U.S. To obtain this entry visa, the international student must present the following documents to the Consular section of a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad:

  • Certificate of Eligibility: Form I-20A-B
  • Valid passport
  • Documentary evidence of financial support
  • Certified bank statement or statement of income
  • International Student Certification of Finances
  • Scholarship award or financial aid award letter
  • Official affidavit of support (in very few cases)
  • Admissions letter from enrolling institution

Entry for F-1 Students
Upon entering the United States, the international student must present the same documents (see above) plus the entry visa stamp to the U.S. Immigration official. The Immigration officer will interview the student, review the Form I-20 necessary to establishing legal student status in the United States. Do not lose this form:

  • Form I-20 ID student copy

J-1 Student Entry Visa
The J-1 student visa is intended for both sponsored students and visiting scholars who come to teach, study, conduct research, observe, or receive training in an exchange visitor program designated by the U.S. Secretary of State. Nationals of some countries or any J-1 student receiving U.S. or home-government funding are subject to the two-year home-country physical presence requirements. The two-year rule usually requires such students to return home upon completion of their degree program and after 18 to 36 months of academic training. The J-1 visa is a stamp (sometimes computerized) affixed to a page in a student's passport by a U.S. Consular Office or embassy abroad. It allows a person seeking J-1 Student Status to enter the U.S. To obtain this entry visa, the International student must present the following documents to the Consular section of a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad:

  • Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status: Form'DS-2019
  • Valid passport
  • Documentary evidence of financial support
  • Certified bank statement or statement of income
  • Scholarship award or financial aid award letter
  • Official affidavit of support (depending on country)

Entry for J-1 Students
Upon entering the United States, the International student must present the same documents plus the entry visa stamp to the U.S. Immigration official

The Immigration officer will interview the student, review the Form DS-2019 form necessary to establishing legal student status in the United States. Do not lose this form:

  • Form DS-2019 student copy

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