International Student Program

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The University of Riverside is approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue I-20™s to its International students.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on nonimmigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students.

On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), SEVP manages schools, nonimmigrant students in the F and M visa classifications and their dependents. The Department of State (DoS) manages Exchange Visitor Programs, nonimmigrant exchange visitors in the J visa classification and their dependents. Both SEVP and DoS use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to track and monitor schools; exchange visitor programs; and F, M and J nonimmigrants while they visit the United States and participate in the U.S. education system.

University of Riverside has been participating in SEVP since May 2009. SEVIS school code is:LOS214F01340000

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International Student Application Requirements

1.Completed and Signed Admissions Application form

2.$100 USD Non-Refundable Application Fee

3.Statement of Purpose

4. Letters of Reference (From Individuals with no relation)

5.Official Transcripts

6.Evaluated Transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators*

7.Completed I-20 Application form

8.$250 USD I-20 Non-Refundable Application Fee

9.Tuition is to be paid upon receipt of government issued student visa**

* Initial requirement: $85 USD General evaluation required,
additional evaluations may be needed pending initial evaluation

**”Once you have been granted a valid government issued student visa, the student is required to pay for 10 classes of tuition within 15 days of receiving the visa. No Exceptions”

Additional requirements may be necessary:

2.Financial Statement
3.Letter of Support

Some useful information about SEVP for international students.  Please click below:

Applying for your U.S. Visa

If you are currently abroad, and do not yet have a valid U.S. student visa, you generally apply for one at the U.S. embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it is generally more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence.

You should apply for your student visa well in advance of the date you would like to depart for University of Riverside. Remember that you are required to show proof of having paid the Federal SEVP Fee when you appear for your visa interview. Holiday and vacation periods are very busy times at the U.S. embassies and consulates world wide, and it is important for you to have your visa in time to arrive and begin orientation and registration activities no later than the start date on your I-20. Appointments are now mandatory for all student visas, and some U.S. embassies and consulates require that appointments be made at least four to eight weeks in advance. The actual visa interview may be as early as 120 days prior to your planned arrival date in the United States.

All U.S. embassies and consulates have a website where you can read the latest information on visa procedures.