Visa & US Entry Requirements
International students need a valid passport, nonimmigrant visa (F-1 or J-1) and the appropriate documentation to study at an accredited university in the United States.
The F-1 Visa is the most common visa status for international students who plan to study full time in the U.S. The F-1 Visa is required upon entry.
J-1 Visa is used for exchange visitors (short-term scholars, research scholars, professors and physicians) engaged in research and/or teaching.
- Log In to MyUCR to access the Form I-20.
- Submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1.
- Submit the Form I-20 to Undergraduate Admissions by July 1
- Submit the forms required for I-20 issuance to Undergraduate Admissions by July 1.
- Proof of Financial Support
- Valid Passport
- Official Transcripts and Test Scores
- SEVIS Transfer Form (if applicable)
Complete the following to apply for a F-1 Visa:
- Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee.
- Gather the necessary documents: Form I-20 or DS-2019, SEVIS I-901 Fee receipt, UC Riverside Admission Letter and Proof of Financial Support
- Apply for a Visa
- Receive a Visa (Keep the envelope sealed until the student arrives at the U.S. Port of Entry.)
Dependents (if applicable) need to apply for F-2 Visas. Undergraduate Admissions can assist with this process.
Those with a “transfer pending” Form I-20 document may return to the U.S. at any time after a short visit home, as long as page 3 of the Form I-20 is endorsed for travel.
The following is required:
- Valid Passport
- Valid Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Visa
- Valid Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for F-1 students)
- Receipt of SEVIS I-901 Fee payment
- I-94 Form/Card (received upon entry to the U.S.)
|May 1||Submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)|
|July 1||Submit all necessary documents:
|September||Attend the mandatory Orientation|
International Student Resources
Once the student has been admitted to UC Riverside, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will provide information on the following:
- Academic Advising
- Child Care
- Course Registration
- Health Matters
- International Peer Advisors (IPAs)
- International Student Handbook
- International Student Orientation
- Money Matters
- SEVIS Fee
- Student Organizations
- Support Services
- Transferring F-1/J-1 Status from another U.S. school
- U.S. Entry
- UC Riverside ID Card
Mandatory International Student Orientation
- Intercultural adjustment and the U.S. academic system
- How to maintain immigration status
- Health and safety procedures
- Campus services and student organizations
- General class registration procedures
UC Riverside housing will not be available for incoming international students until one week prior to the mandatory International Student Orientation. Other arrangements will need to be made if the student plans to arrive early.
International admissions counselors and current students are here to help with answers and guidance.Get Help