Obtaining an I-20
Students who are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., who wish to pursue full-time studies at WesternU will require an F-1 Student Visa. In order to apply for an F-1 Student Visa you will need a WesternU Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. The I-20 certifies the student’s eligibility for an F-1 visa.
An I-20 will only be issued after an offer of admissions by WesternU has been extended to the student. Once an official offer has been made the student will receive an email with information on how to receive an I-20.
F-1 Student Visa
An F-1 Student Visa is issued by a US embassy or consulate abroad. After receipt of the I-20, make an appointment to apply for an F-1 visa. You will need your SEVIS ID which is located at the top left of the I-20 Form. In most countries, first-time students are required to appear for an interview. Each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures. Be sure to check your U.S. embassy or consulate website for important information and application instructions.
Canadians students do not require an application to the U.S. consulate for an entry visa. However, an I-20 and passport is required at the port of entry to the U.S.
SEVIS and SEVIS Fee
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is an internet-based system that allows The Department of Homeland Security and approved schools to collect, track and monitor information regarding international students, exchange visitors, and scholars who enter the U.S. on F, M or J visas. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 student’s authorized stay in the U.S.
F-1 visa applicants who are entering the U.S. on an initial I-20 (including Canadian citizens) are required to pay a SEVIS fee of $200. This fee is used to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor information System. The SEVIS fee must be paid at least three days prior to the consular interview; Canadian citizens at least three days prior to entering the U.S. Instructions on how to pay the SEVIS fee can be found on the SEVIS I-901 website. WesternU’s school code is LOS214F01238000.
Planning Your Arrival In The U.S.
Please be advised that you may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start date indicated on your I-20.
It is important that you allow yourself plenty of time for security processing at the U.S. Port of Entry. It is also important that you enter the U.S. in F-1 student status. You can find information that will assist you in your travel and minimize processing delays on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
Arriving at WesternU
Your Designated School Official will contact you by WesternU email within 30 days of your arrival on campus to complete the admissions and SEVIS registration process.
F-1 Student Transfer
Transfer In procedures:
F-1 regulations permit a student to transfer from one Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) approved school to another. To do this, both schools must update the student’s record in SEVIS.
After you have been accepted to WesternU, it is your responsibility to notify your current institution of your intent to transfer to WesternU.
Please follow the instructions below so a transfer of schools in the SEVIS system can be processed.
- Completed WesternU F-1 Transfer-In Form
Note: The Transfer form is in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader® to view it.
To download a free copy, please visit our Plug-Ins page
- Current proof of financial support for one (1) year of enrollment at WesternU (refer to the Financial Aid web page for student budget information).
Please provide one of the following documents: an official statement or letter from your bank;
a letter of affidavit of support from a company or international sponsor or any combination of proof of funding that will equal one year of enrollment at WesternU.
- Photocopy of I-20 from the school you are currently attending.
- Photocopy of your passport and I-94 card.
Transfer Out Procedures:
In order to be eligible to transfer your SEVIS record to another school, you must be currently maintaining your F-1 status. Your new school start date must be within 5 months of your transfer out date in SEVIS. If you have already graduated, you must be within your 60-day grace period.
To request a transfer out, please provide the following documents:
- Completed Transfer Out Form
- A copy of your new school’s offer of admission letter
Please be sure to discuss your transfer release date with your new school’s international student advisor. Your transfer release date is the date that your new school will have access to your SEVIS record.
Mail or fax Transfer Form to:
Western University of Health Sciences
International Student Services, Attn: Kathy Ford
309 E. Second Street
Pomona, Ca 91766