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F-1 Students

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."

General information about the F-1 Visa Status, please click here »

How to Apply

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.

  1. Complete the I-20 Application »
  2. Upload the I-20 Application and necessary documents to the secure web portal »
    Please do not send the same documents more than one time via the drop box and/or email. This will slow down our processing time of your I-20 application.

Mandatory International Student Orientation 

For graduate, ESL and undergraduate transfer and exchange students
Friday, August 23, 2019 
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Jubilee Hall 524, Computer Lab 
Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

International Student Orientation

For undergraduate freshmen only
Friday, August 30, 2019 
10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Chancellor’s Suite, University Center 
Breakfast will be served.


Information about F-1 Visa Status Employment, please click here »


How to apply for on-campus housing
Once you have been accepted to Seton Hall University:

  1. Pay your housing deposit online.
  2. Complete the roommate survey here. You will need your SHU username and password to enter the site.

A few notes about housing:

  • You must do steps 1 and 2, in order for your housing application to be complete.
  • On-campus housing is limited, so you should secure your spot by making a deposit and completing the roommate survey by May 1 or as soon as possible.
  • If you live on campus, you must participate in a University meal plan. The University offers a variety of options to suit your lifestyle, including varying numbers of meals, guest passes and Pirate Bucks (a debit-like card you can use across campus). If you do not select a meal plan and plan to live on campus, Meal Plan 1 will be selected for you. You will have until the end of Add/Drop each semester to change your meal plan.

Can International Students waive Seton Hall's health insurance?
International Students are not allowed to waive the school insurance plan unless their scholarship covers them for insurance.

How to submit health services immunization and health questionnaire?
Every student is required to submit a Health History form, TB Risk Assessment, and Meningitis Information Sheet which can be found online in the Student Health Portal. Login with your PirateNet credentials. Instructions are provided within the portal.

You may also find the immunization requirements on the Health Services website » 

Which airport is the closest to Seton Hall University?
Newark airport (EWR) is the closest airport to all 3 of about a 20 minute drive from the South Orange campus. However students also do fly into John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport in NY, which is approximately 1.5 hours from campus.

How do I get to campus from the airport?
Please see the following options available for a private car service or shuttle. They can be found on the international student resources webpage under Transportation Links.

Work Permissions for Students on an F1 Visa:
F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions. After the first academic year, F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment:

Are there resources for Off-Campus Housing?
Seton Hall University is not affiliated with any of the housing options below. We are only providing this to you as a resource.

Websites with housing options:

Suggested towns to look for housing:
These towns, except for South Orange, are not in walking distance to the SHU campus. Please look for housing near the train station to be able to get to campus easily.

  • South Orange
  • Maplewood
  • Morristown
  • West Orange
  • Millburn
  • Hoboken


  • OIP Update Form 
    Students must notify OIP within ten (10) days of any change to your physical address or contact information. This is a requirement of the U.S. Government.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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