F-1 Students

If your plans change and you do not plan to attend the University of Oregon, please send an email to the Office of Admissions at uoglobal@uoregon.edu.

I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility"

An I-20 is issued by International Student & Scholar Services based on your admission to the University of Oregon and submitted evidence of financial support. (See Cost of Attendance to the left for detailed information.)

The I-20 is required to apply for an F-1 student visa and for entry to the U.S. Keep your I-20 with your passport. The I-20 is sent with your official letter of admission.

  • Review your I-20 for accuracy, sign and date. Your name and birthdate should match your passport. If corrections are necessary, email a copy of your passport to the UO SEVIS Manager at sevis@uoregon.edu.
  • The I-20 Program State Date coincides with the start of classes. You must enter the U.S. before the I-20 program start date. If your arrival is delayed, please contact International Student & Scholar Services at intl@uoregon.edu.
  • The I-20 Program End Date is an estimate and may not reflect the actual completion date of your degree program.
  • The I-20 Estimated Average Costs are based on non-resident tuition and fees, and estimated living and school expenses. Actual costs may be higher or lower depending on specific program costs and individual needs.

I-901 SEVIS Fee

Afer you receive your I-20, you must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee ($350) to the U.S. government based on your I-20 SEVIS ID number. You are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before you apply for your F-1 visa.

Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee at FMJfee.com. Print payment confirmation and keep it with your I-20.

Graduate Employees (GE) may request reimbursement of the I-901 SEVIS fee from the UO Graduate School. For reimbursement instructions, go to SEVIS Fee Reimbursement for International GEs.

F-1 Visa

After you receive the I-20 and pay the 901 SEVIS Fee, you may apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an F-1 student visa. You must present the I-20 to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview.

For complete information on applying for an F-1 visa, go to the U.S. Department of State Student Visa website.

Canadian Citizens: You are not required to apply for an F-1 visa but you must still pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. 

Entering the U.S. 

You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the I-20 program start date; not earlier! Arrival to the U.S. should be a smooth experience if you have everything prepared in advance. Information on what to expect when entering the US can be found at Study in the States.