Visa & Entry Requirements
You are welcome at UCR!
We look forward to having you join our UCR family. As an international student, you will 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.
- Check your inbox for an email from UCR regarding your I-20.
- Submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1.
Gather the necessary documents:
- Proof of financial support
- Valid passport
- Official transcripts and test scores
- Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (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, UCR Admission Letter and proof of financial support.
- Receive a visa, but keep the envelope sealed until you arrive at the U.S. Port of Entry.
Dependents (if applicable) need to apply for F-2 Visas. Undergraduate Admissions can assist with this process.
Once a visa is received, you may enter the U.S. within the 30-day period before the program start date. This date is noted on the initial attendance Form I-20 (for the F-1 Visa) or DS-2019 (for the J-1 Visa). Entry will be denied if you arrive early.
Students 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.
Required Documentation for U.S. Entry
We recommend that you apply for a F-1 visa as soon as possible. Processing can take up to three months.
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.)