Newly Admitted F-1 Students

Obtaining Your Form I-20

Applying for Your Form I-20

Once you have successfully created your University of San Diego student email, you will be emailed access to the University's iTorero portal (it may take 24-48 hours after you have created your student email for you to receive the email granting you iTorero access). In order to receive your Form I-20, you must submit your immigration and financial documentation via the six e-forms listed under the Step 1 tab of iTorero:

1. Passport Information

You will upload a color scan of your passport and confirm your citizenship information.

2. Verification of Immigration Status

You will provide information on your current immigration status, as well as details on any dependents you may be bringing with you while you attend your program. Only dependents who are a spouse and/or children under 21 years old are eligible to receive a dependent Form I-20.

3. Confirm Mailing Address

You will let us know whether we should mail your I-20 or if you plan to pick it up instead. Please note: By law, we can only mail the Form I-20 to addresses outside the United States. If you are residing in the U.S., you will be required to pick up your I-20 from our office.

4. SEVIS Transfer In Request

If you have an active I-20 from another institution, you will need to fill out this form so that we can transfer your I-20 record to the University of San Diego once your other program of study has finished. Once you submit this form, an email will be sent to your current institution requesting that they provide the University of San Diego with information regarding the transfer of your I-20 record.

5. Proof of Funding

You will provide financial documentation to prove that you have the funding available to cover the first year of estimated expenses for your program. Review the estimated cost of attendance for your program so that you know the minimum amount that you will need to prove. In order to prove your funding source, you will need to upload copies of the appropriate Acceptable Documents, according to the type of funds you plan to use. Please keep in mind that all documents submitted must be in English, or submitted along with a certified official English translation:

  • Personal Funds: If you plan to pay for your program using your own money, you must submit a bank statement, bank letter, or similar financial statement (issued within the last three (3) months) detailing current liquid assets (savings account or checking account) available for use during your first year of study. The bank statement or letter must be in your name.
  • Scholarship(s) from the University, Government, or Other Organization: If you plan to pay for your program using a scholarship you have received, you must submit the relevant contract or correspondence detailing the funding or scholarship. 
  • Outside Sponsor: If a relative, friend, or other individual will be paying for your program, you must submit their bank statement, bank letter, or similar financial statement (issued within the last three (3) months) detailing current liquid assets (savings account or checking account) available for use during your first year of study. The bank statement or letter must be in the name of your sponsor. Your sponsor must also provide you with a hand-signed letter stating that they will use the funds shown in their bank account to support you in your studies. You must upload both their bank statement, and their hand-signed letter, via the Proof of Funding form.

Note: Investments, retirement accounts, real estate, and other non-liquid assets cannot be used toward the Proof of Funding requirement. Only liquid assets can be accepted.

6. Orientation Information

You will review the orientation information for your first semester and acknowledge that you are aware of it by electronic signature.

 

Receiving Your Form I-20

Once you have successfully submitted all of the e-forms under the Step 1 tab in iTorero, the Office of Graduate Admissions will begin processing your Form I-20. Processing usually takes 3-5 business days. You will be notified via your USD student email when your Form I-20 has been completed. If you requested to have your Form I-20 mailed, it will be shipped to your international address via UPS. If you requested to pick up your Form I-20 from the Office of Graduate Admissions, you will be provided directions to our office.

*Please note that the Office of Graduate Admissions cannot release your Form I-20 if official documents are missing from your admissions file. Please check your acceptance letter to see whether you are still required to turn in any official documents.

Fall 2020 Deadlines to Submit Your Visa Documentation

Table of international student deadlines to submit visa documentation.

 It is strongly recommended that you submit your visa documentation as soon as you gain access to iTorero. However, please keep in mind that you must have your iTorero requirements completed by the following deadline:

  • School of Business students - Sunday, May 31 is the deadline to submit your iTorero requirements. If you will be attending a program in the School of Business, your iTorero e-forms must be successfully submitted by Sunday, May 31.
  • All other students - Sunday, June 28 is the deadline to submit your iTorero requirements. If you will be attending a program in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Hahn School of Nursing, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, or College of Arts and Sciences, your iTorero e-forms must be successfully submitted by Sunday, June 28.

If your iTorero requirements are not complete by the appropriate deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to issue you an I-20 for the Fall 2020 semester.