The Director of Student Services/PDSO is able to answer questions about obtaining a student visa for study in the United States. Before issuing an F-1 visa application (I-20), the Seminary must have evidence in the form of bank statements and/or affidavits of support that you have sufficient resources to finance living expenses incurred by undertaking the program of study. Additionally, if you have sponsors who are willing to pledge financial support for your studies, your sponsors must complete a letter of support and an Affidavit of Support Form which is available as part of I-20 application through Director of Student Services.
Your I-20 application must include the following:
A letter from any financial sponsor attesting that they will cover all expenses for the duration of one’s studies, including tuition and fees and living expenses. (If you are financing your own studies, you should submit a letter to this effect. If you have more than one sponsor, each sponsor should submit a letter indicating the amount of their sponsorship.)
Documentation from your bank and/or the sponsor’s bank verifying that there are enough funds on deposit to cover at least the first year’s expenses.
Evidence of Financial Aid from SFTS, if awarded. You are eligible to apply for SFTS Merit Scholarships and partial tuition grants, which may be counted towards your financial resources on the I-20. However, such funds are limited and you must have other substantial financial support to meet visa requirements as part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Please be aware that SFTS cannot provide grants or on-campus employment sufficient to support your family.
The I-20 application and all supporting documents must be submitted directly to the Director of Student Services/PDSO.