The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant (F-1) student status. An F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by a U.S. Consulate to individuals who are seeking entry into the U.S. to pursue full-time studies in a U.S. academic institution.

The I-20 indicates the institution in which you are permitted to study, your program of study, and the dates of eligibility. Your I-20 must remain valid at all times. Allowing the I-20 to expire before you complete your academic program is a violation of F-1 status.

The I-20 certifies that your only objective in the U.S. is to be a student. It also certifies that you meet LIBI’s admissions requirements and that you will pursue a full-time course of study. It also certifies that you proved to LIBI that you have enough money to study and live in the U.S. without working illegally or living in an impoverished state.

When you signed the SEVIS Form I-20 you attested that you understand, accept, and agree to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations. Under United States immigration law, it is the student’s personal responsibility to maintain lawful F-1 student status. Begin by reading the “Instructions to Students” of your I-20 to better acquaint yourself with the rules and regulations you must follow to maintain lawful status in the U.S.

A new Initial student must report to LIBI’s Designated School Official (DSO) and have a program start date within 30 days of arrival in the United States. An I-20 transfer student must report to LIBI within 15 days of their program start date.

Contact LIBI's DSO, Li Zhu, for more information.

A printed copy of the International Student Booklet is also available. Please ask a LIBI admissions representative at either the Manhattan or Queens LIBI location.

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