What is Form I-20

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What is Form I-20

Unlock the gateway to U.S. education with Hospitality Academy's guide on understanding Form I-20 for F-1 Visa students.

Published on     10/04/2024 

Author: Cosmina Bradea

Welcome to Hospitality Academy's comprehensive guide on deciphering the intricacies of Form I-20. 

Form I-20, also known as the "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status," is a crucial document issued by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)-approved educational institutions in the United States. This vital document is your key to unlocking the world of education in the United States. 

As you embark on this journey, it's crucial to comprehend every section of the form to ensure a smooth transition into your academic pursuit.

Section 1 - Personal Information

The foundational segment encompasses crucial details like your name, date of birth, and citizenship. Pay close attention to the admission number and Form Issue Reason, as they play a pivotal role in your visa application process. The section also introduces you to your lifelong companion, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) ID number.

Section 2 - Educational Information

This part unveils the identity of your academic sanctuary – the school. As you prepare for your visa application, remember to replicate the school details exactly as they appear on the I-20 document. Accuracy is key!

Section 3 - Study Program

Discover the specifics of your chosen academic voyage in the United States. Ensure the start date aligns with your intended commencement, and take note of the earliest date for entry post F-1 visa approval.

Section 4 - Financial Information

Unravel the financial puzzle that underscores your ability to support your studies. This section ensures that you have the means to cover your expenses while embarking on this educational adventure.

Section 5 - Remarks

Explore the space where additional insights and instructions may reside. Your Designated School Official (DSO) might add valuable information about your academic program, so pay attention to this often-overlooked section.

Section 6 - School and Student Attestation

This crucial validation section involves your DSO confirming your admission. Remember, once you've reviewed and verified all information, sign and date the "Student Attestation" to validate the document for use.

Section 7 - Employment Authorization

Unpack the possibilities of working in the U.S. during or after your program. This section sheds light on On-campus Employment, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Section 8 - Travel Endorsement

For those with a wanderlust spirit, understand the dynamics of traveling outside the U.S. during your program. Obtain permission from your DSO, who will sign your I-20, ensuring a smooth reentry into the country.

Armed with this comprehensive guide, you're now equipped to navigate the Form I-20 landscape. Remember, accuracy is paramount, and any discrepancies should be promptly reported to Hospitality Academy for assistance. Best of luck with your studies in the United States – may your educational journey be as fulfilling as it is enlightening! If you haven’t applied for our programs yet, we invite you to register here!

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