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Immigration Documents for International Students

How the Process Works

If you need an F-1 or J-1 visa, the University of Michigan is required by U.S. government regulations to obtain documentation proving that international applicants (non-U.S. Citizens) have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while in the United States.

Rackham Admissions is the U-M office that will prepare your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) once you have provided your documentation through Wolverine Access.

If you are recommended for admission by your graduate program and Rackham approves the admission, you will be notified by Rackham to upload in Wolverine Access the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students along with the required financial documentation. Do not submit any financial information until requested to do so by Rackham. Financial documents and copies of immigration documents submitted before Rackham requests them are not acceptable.

Your financial information will be reviewed upon receipt. If the financial information meets our requirements and you have accepted your offer of admission, we will begin to prepare your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) using the U.S. Government SEVIS system. You will be able to review your immigration information and track the progress of your immigration document on the “View I-20 or DS-2019 Status” link in Wolverine Access.

Below you will be able to see the type of financial documentation you will need to provide, based on your visa type, current status, whether or not you have dependents accompanying you, etc. See the "I am currently..." question below for a visual overview of the process.

Estimated Student Costs and Expenses

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time as approved by the Board of Regents. You should plan for an annual increase of 5% to 10% of all costs.

Estimated Student Expenses (Fall 2017 through Winter 2018 terms)
Tuition and Fees for one academic year $45,097
Living Expenses (housing, food, utilities, transportation, personal items - 12 months) $20,400
Books and supplies (Fall and Winter terms only) $1,200
Mandatory Health Insurance (12 months) $1,503
Total Estimated Expenses $68,200

Program fees vary and are not reflected in these estimates. Check with the graduate program if you have questions about the fees specific to your degree program.

Deadlines and Acceptable Forms of Financial Documentation

Deadline for Submission of Documentation

The deadlines for submission of financial documents are May 15 for the Fall term, April 15 for the Summer term, and November 15 for the Winter term. If documents are not received by these dates, Rackham will begin withdrawing offers of admission.

Acceptable Forms of Documentation

The following may be used as documentation of funds:

  • An official dated bank statement that includes the name of the financial institution, the account holder’s name, type of account and clearly indicates the currency and the account balance. Do not submit statements with the transaction history.
  • A detailed letter from the sponsor stating the exact U.S. dollar amount being provided for tuition, living expenses, health insurance and dependents (if applicable). This letter must be original and on official letterhead and include the dates of sponsorship. The letter must be dated within one year of initial enrollment.
  • University of Michigan Award - Letter or e-mail that details the type of funding (GSI or GSRA, Fellowship, etc.), the specific amount for tuition, stipend and health insurance and duration of award.
  • Educational Loans - A detailed letter on official letterhead from the financial institution that indicates your name, the approved amount of the loan and the duration for which the loan is available.

Each individual contributing financially to your education must complete the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students. In case of jointly held accounts, each individual holder must complete an Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students.

Unacceptable Documentation of Funds

The following may not be used as documentation of funds:

  • Statements verifying employment and salary
  • The maturity or expiry date for fixed or term deposit is after the start of the semester
  • Insurance premiums and policies
  • Non-Liquid assets of property or personal assets (automobiles, land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Stocks, bonds, equities, retirement accounts
  • Income tax returns
  • Attestations stating only that a sponsor can meet the expenses

All documents (acceptable or unacceptable) submitted for issuing the immigration document become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned to the student.

For questions on the immigration process, please contact rackadmis@umich.edu

Type of Financial Documentation to Submit for I-20 or DS-2019

Which student visa do you plan to obtain?

F-1

If you are requesting an I-20 for an F-1 visa you are required to submit evidence of the availability of your expenses for the first year only, and also indicate source(s) of funding for subsequent years. Subsequent years' funding is indicated by use of a checkbox on the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students.

J-1

If you are requesting a DS-2019 for a J-1 visa you must provide financial documents to cover expenses for the duration of your program. Use the estimated expenses to calculate the total amount you need to certify and provide the required proof of funds. Over 50% of funding must come from sources other than personal funds.

I am currently...

Outside the United States

To request an I-20 or DS-2019 for an F-1 or J-1 visa you must log into Wolverine Access and upload the following documents:

  • The completed Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students, which is obtained through your admission e-mail from Rackham or by logging into Wolverine Access and clicking the “View I-20 or DS-2019 Status” link. Select “Financial Documentation” in the “Document Upload” drop down list.
  • The required financial documentation (i.e., bank statements). If your offer of admission includes a Graduate Student Assistantship or Fellowship from the graduate program, upload a copy of your offer letter or e-mail.
  • A copy of your passport (showing your picture, biographical information, and expiration date and include the machine readable information of passport). Select "Passport" in the "Document Upload" drop down list.

Immigration Process for Newly Admitted International Students Outside the U.S.

In the United States with F-1 or J-1 Status

You are considered a “SEVIS Transfer Student” if you hold F-1 or J-1 status at another institution in the United States and plan to remain in that visa status. To transfer your SEVIS record to the University of Michigan and to request an I-20 or DS-2019 from U-M, you must log into Wolverine Access and upload the following documents:

  • The completed Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students, which is obtained through your admission e-mail from Rackham or by logging into Wolverine Access and clicking the “View I-20 or DS-2019 Status” link. Select “Financial Documentation” in the “Document Upload” drop down list.
  • The required financial documentation (i.e., bank statements). If your offer of admission includes a Graduate Student Assistantship or Fellowship from the graduate program, upload a copy of your offer letter or e-mail.
  • A copy of your passport (showing your picture, biographical information, and expiration date and include the machine readable information of passport). Select "Passport" in the "Document Upload" drop down list.
  • The completed University of Michigan Transfer-In Form obtained from your admission e-mail from Rackham or by logging into Wolverine Access and clicking the “View I-20 or DS-2019 Status” link. Select “Immigration Document Transfer” in the “Document Upload” drop down list.
  • Copy of your current I-20 (all pages) or DS-2019 (page 1)
  • Copy of Form I-94 (print-out of electronic or copy of paper)
  • Copy of Visa (including the machine readable information)
  • Copy of EAD card (if applicable)

Your International Student Advisor at your current or previous school must electronically release your SEVIS record to U-M after you finish classes and/or upon completion of OPT. The Rackham Graduate School cannot process your new I-20 or DS-2019 before your SEVIS record is released to the University of Michigan.

Immigration Process for International Students Transferring a Visa from Another U.S. Institution

A Student Enrolled At U-M Ann Arbor

To request an I-20 or DS-2019 as a continuing U-M student admitted to a new program, you must log into your Wolverine Access (Students tab > New & Prospective Student Business) and upload the following documents:

  • The completed Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students, which is obtained through your admission e-mail from Rackham or by logging into Wolverine Access and clicking the “View I-20 or DS-2019 Status” link. Select “Financial Documentation” in the “Document Upload” drop down list.
  • The required financial documentation (i.e., bank statements). If your offer of admission includes a Graduate Student Assistantship or Fellowship from the graduate program, upload a copy of your offer letter or e-mail.
  • A copy of your passport (showing your picture, biographical information, and expiration date and include the machine readable information of passport). Select "Passport" in the "Document Upload" drop down list.
  • Copy of your current I-20 (all pages) or DS-2019 (page 1)
  • Copy of Form I-94 (print-out of electronic or copy of paper)
  • Copy of Visa (including the machine readable information)
  • Copy of EAD card (if applicable)

Immigration Process for International Students Currently at U-M Ann Arbor

Are you bringing dependents?

Yes

If you have dependents accompany you while you study at the University of Michigan, you are required to provide proof of funds for their living expenses and health insurance in addition to your estimated expenses.

  1. Provide your dependent information on page 4 of the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students.
  2. Upload the completed form, supporting financial documentation of funds, and a copy of the passport for each dependent (showing the picture, biographical information, and expiration date and include the machine readable information) in Wolverine Access, by selecting "Dependent Documents" in the "Document Upload" drop down list.
Estimated Dependent Expenses (12 Months) Per Month Expenses
Spouse's living expenses, not including insurance $5,400 $450
Each additional dependent's living expenses, not including insurance $2,900 $242
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and one dependent $2,940 $245.00
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and two or more dependents $4,377 $364.75

No

No additional steps to complete. Proceed to next question.

Does your program start in the Summer-half Term (a half term that usually runs from late June to mid-August)?

Yes

Applicants that are admitted into graduate programs that start in the Summer term must show enough proof of funds for first year of study. If you are unsure when your graduate program begins, please consult your admission e-mail from the Rackham Graduate School.

Note: Estimated funds vary by program; refer to your graduate program’s Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students for estimated expenses.

If you will apply to ELI’s English for Academic Purposes Summer Program, e-mail rackadmis@umich.edu to let us know that you intend to participate in that program.

Estimated Student Expenses (Summer-half 2017 through Spring-Summer 2018 terms)
Tuition and Fees for the first year $41,493
Living Expenses (housing, food, utilities, transportation, personal items - 14 months) $23,800
Books and supplies (first year) $2,100
Mandatory Health Insurance - 14 months $1,754
Total Estimated Expenses $69,147
Estimated Dependent Expenses (Summer-half 2017 through Spring-Summer 2018 terms)
Spouse's living expenses, not including insurance $6,300
Each additional dependent's living expenses, not including insurance $3,388
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and one dependent $3,430
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and two or more dependents $5,107

No

No additional steps to complete.