Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions from incoming international students.

Do I need a health & immunization exam?

All students must provide a record of having the required immunizations. The form is located in the UNCSA Patient Portal in the Wellness Center of the website.

Patient Portal

How do I submit the Affidavit of Financial Responsibility?

Once you've been notified of your accepted to UNCSA, you need to complete and submit a Affidavit of Financial Responsibility to your Admissions Counselor.

The affidavit lists:

  • Types of funding documents considered appropriate source of funding and the form in which they need to be submitted
  • Types of funding sources that are not acceptable

Affidavit OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

When will I receive my I-20 form UNCSA?

You will receive the I-20 after you have submitted all documents as part of the UNCSA admissions process including:

Download International Student Applicant Checklist

I'm in the U.S. in F-1 student status and need my I-20 form from UNCSA

When you have completed the application process, have submitted all required documents, including the completed and signed Transfer-In Form from your current institution.

To be eligible for the electronic SEVIS transfer of your SEVIS record. You must be maintaining F-1 status at your current school. The program at UNCSA must begin within five months of the end of your current program at the current school, including any authorized period of Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Transfer In Form

The current school must transfer the SEVIS record electronically while the SEVIS record is still in “Active” status. In general, the SEVIS record remains active until the end of the 60-day grace period.  However, you should confirm the SEVIS program end date with your current school international student advisor.

F-1 transfer students must meet with the UNCSA international advisor within 15 days of the program start date listed on the Form I-20.  Once you are enrolled in classes and have reported your current address, the international advisor will register you in SEVIS and your record will become active at UNCSA. The international advisor will issue a new Form I-20 indicating that the SEVIS transfer is complete.

Do I have to pay the SEVIS Fee?

If you are issued a new I-20 with a new SEVIS number, you are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. You do not have to pay the fee for change of level, transfer, extension or other updates to your program of study. F-2 status holders do not have to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.

For complete details and to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee visit the Student and Exchange Visitor website: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html#  

After paying, print a copy of your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt and keep it with your I-20.

What documents will I need to submit to the U.S. consulate when I apply for the F-1 visa?

 

  1. SEVIS fee receipt.
  2. I-20 issued by the school where you will enroll.
  3. Passport valid for at least six months beyond the program end date on your I-20.
  4. Letter of Admission
  5. Original Certificate of Financial Responsibility and supporting bank statements and letters of financial support. If receiving funding from UNCSA, official letter of award.
  6. School transcripts
  7. Evidence of close ties to home country, demonstrating your intent to return home when completing program of study.

What to I do if the issuance of my visa has been delayed.

Delays are often caused because the U.S. consulate is conducting a background check on the visa applicant. These background checks can take several months to complete. If you are unable to arrive in time for the start of the semester, immediately notify your school and the international advisor.

You may also want to check the following: The U.S. Department of State Visa website or Visa wait times website.

Which documents do I have readily available on my carry-on luggage

Same document you need to submit to the U.S. consulate.

  1. SEVIS fee receipt.
  2. I-20 issued by the school where you will enroll.
  3. Passport valid for at least six months beyond the program end date on your I-20
  4. Letter of Admission
  5. Original Certificate of Financial Responsibility and supporting bank statements and letters of financial support. If receiving funding from UNCSA, official letter of award.
  6. School transcripts
  7. Evidence of close ties to home country, demonstrating your intent to return home when completing program of study.

What can I expect at the port of entry?

You will be asked to show your passport, I-20 and possibly the documents you need to submit to the U.S. consulate. If the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer is not satisfied and wants to ask additional questions before admitting you to U.S., he/she may take you to another area and you will undergo a secondary inspection. If CBP is satisfied that you have met all the requirements he/she will admit you into the U.S. Allow enough time to clear immigration and customs and boarding connecting flights.

If you have not provided satisfactory documentation at the port of entry you may:         

  1. be denied admission and sent back to your home country
  2. allowed to enter temporarily for 30 days and be issued a Form I-515A Notice to Student and Exchange Visitor.   If this happens to you, you must immediately contact the international advisor.

How early can I arrive to the U.S. before starting at UNCSA?

You may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the begin program start date on your I-20.

Once I arrive on campus, what must I do?

Failure on your part to provide the required information, may result in the automatic termination of your SEVIS record making your presence in the U.S. unlawful.

Arriving on UNCSA Campus instructions

What about help with English or ESL classes?

For high school students, individual ESL tutoring is available in conjunction with the high school Academic Programs program. ESL tutoring appointments are also available for college students.

 

Contact: Ronit Weingarden, International Advisor and principal designated school official, PDSO
TaWanna Archia, International Advisor, DSO