An F-1 visa holder is an international student who intends to pursue a full course of study at an SEVP-certified school in the United States. Only SEVP-certified schools are designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to offer courses of study to F1 visa holders. F-1 visa holders will have an electronic record in SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). Once the educational or professional objectives of the program of study have been attained, the F-1 visa holder is expected by the U.S. government to return to his or her residence abroad. Visa holders, such as F1, that are temporarily in the United States for a specific purpose are considered "non-immigrants".
How to Apply for F1 Visa Status
In order to apply for F-1 status, a student must obtain the form I-20, issued by the Office of International Programs. The form I-20 certifies to the U.S. embassy abroad that a student has been accepted to a SEVP-approved university and has provided enough finances to pay for the cost of their education and living expenses.
- Complete the I-20 Application, click here
- Upload the I-20 Application and necessary documents to secure web portal, click here
- F-2 Dependent Application
If your spouse and or child(ren) will accompany you to the United States, please complete the F-2 Dependent Application for each individual. The link above consists of the instructions, as well as the application. Please return this application to our office by mail, fax or email.
- Part-Time Enrollment Form
In order to maintain your status as an F-1 Visa Student, you must be enrolled at Seton Hall University as a full time student. If you must become a part time student under unforeseen circumstances, please complete this form for part-time enrollment consideration.
- Program Extension
This form is required for all international students who plan to extend their program of study at Seton Hall University. Bring this form to your academic advisor for review of your request to extend. Once complete, please submit this form and supporting financial documents to the Office of International Programs at least 15 days before your program end-date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019.
- I-765 Application Form for Employment Authorization (OPT Application)
Please follow the instructions with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) in order to complete your optional practical training (OPT) application. Note: This is to be completed at the end of your degree.
- Procedures for Applying to OPT
The attached packet is required for International Students to apply for their Optional Practical Training. Please print this out and return it to the Office of International Programs when you fill it out.
- Letter Request Form
This form is required for current students to request letters from the OIP. These letters include Graduation Invitation letters, Driver's License letters, and Address Verification for on-campus students.
- Undergraduate Admissions
Explore the Undergraduate Admissions site for more information about applying to Seton Hall University to complete an undergraduate degree.
- English As a Second Language
As an international student you can enroll in Seton Hall University's English as a Second Language Program.
- Graduate Departments
Find information about applying to Seton Hall University to complete an graduate degree.
- Housing and Residence Life
Find information about housing options on-campus and general campus life information for Seton Hall University.
Other Important Documents
- International Student Welcome Guide
This handbook outlines academic requirements, immigration regulations, and support services available at Seton Hall University for new and continuing international students. This packet also includes information about life in the United States and general South Orange information.