How to Request Your I-20

1. Calculate Funding in iCats

The following Total Funding information must be included in iCats Services eForm when requesting an I-20. 

Note: To complete your request in iCats, you must be an admitted student.

Calculating Funding in iCats


Column 1: 
3 Semesters
(Only use for summer start and other cases where summer enrollment is mandatory in the coming year) 

Column 2:  
2 Semesters
(For standard fall and spring admits) 


A1. Amount in Award Letter 

A2. Amount in Award Letter 

BInstructional and General Fees (tuition) 

B1. $14,166 

B2. $9,444 

C. Non-resident Surcharge 

C1. $11,988 

C2. $7,992 

D. Health Insurance 

D1. $2,856 

D2. $2,112 

Total Funding =
A + B + C + D 

Column 1
Total funding =

A1 + B1 + C1 + D1  

Column 2
Total Funding =

A2 + B2 + C2 + D2 


2. Request Your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) 

Based on recent updates with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) has recommended that the Graduate College create electronic I-20 forms for travel signatures.  Please refer to the guidelines below.

The electronic I-20 forms may ONLY be sent to your Ohio University email account, as that is the email account that is reported in your SEVIS record. There can be no exceptions to this rule.

Required Immigration Documents - Admitted Student 

Required Immigration Documents - Admitted Student 


You are currently 
outside the 
United States 

You are currently 
in the United States 
and are an 
Ohio University student 

You are currently 
in the United States 
and are transferring to 
Ohio University 





Bank Statement 




Current I-20 












Transfer-In Form 





Required Immigration Documents – Dependent 

F-2 dependents are defined as a spouse or an unmarried minor child (under 21 years of age) of an F-1 student.

F-2 dependents remain in status only as long as the F-1 from whom the status is derived remains in valid F-1 status (and only until attaining age 21 if a dependent child). 

If you have dependents accompanying you while you study at Ohio University, you are required to provide proof of funds for their living expenses and health insurance in addition to your estimated expenses. 


Required Immigration Documents Based on Where You Are Currently 


You are outside the United States 
and bringing dependents 

You are currently 
in the United States 
and bringing dependents 

Dependent's Passport 



What Forms of Financial Documentation Are Acceptable? 

All bank documents must have: 

  • Current date (no earlier than one year before the start date of the first term) 
  • Student’s name (or account holder’s name if the sponsor is someone other than the student)
  • Type of account (checking, savings), account number, and the current balance of the account expressed in USD. If the account is not in USD, the document must clearly state the currency of the account. 
  • Bank letters or statements should be on official bank letterhead, and must have the signature of a bank official and an official stamp of the bank. NOTE: The bank statement or letter must be scanned and submitted in color. 
    Printouts of online statements must bear the stamp of the bank and be certified (signed) by a bank official. 
  • Statements are valid for one year from the issue date. 
  • Documents must be written in English or in the original language and accompanied by an official English translation. 
  • All funds must be readily accessible and liquid (funds can be withdrawn at any time). 

Financial documents may be verified for authenticity and are accepted at the discretion of the Designated School Official. The Designated School Official can also ask for the submission of additional documentation. 


Acceptable Account Types for I-20 Issuance (from overseas banking institutions) 

  • Savings 

  • Checking 

  • Ordinary Deposit 

  • Savings Deposit 

  • Passbook Deposit/Savings 

  • Demand Account/Deposit 

  • Collection Savings 

  • Deposit Certificates 

Unacceptable account types (from overseas banking institutions) 

  • Time Deposits 

  • Savings Optional Deposit 

  • Fixed Deposit

  • PF/PPF (India Retirement Account) 

  • Postal Savings Certificates 

  • Bonds 

  • Retirement Accounts 

  • Investment Funds 

  • Bank Loan documents 

  • Stock Market Accounts 

  • Letters of employment showing wage amounts 

  • Life Insurance Policies 

  • Money Market Accounts 

  • Credit Card Balances 

  • Assets 

All documents (acceptable or unacceptable) submitted for issuing the immigration document become the property of Ohio University and will not be returned to the student. 

Deadlines For Submission of Documents Required to Issue I-20 

Financial (and academic) documents required to issue an Ohio University I-20 are due by the following dates* or no less than three months prior to the start of your first semester: 

  • Fall admission - May 15 
  • Spring admission - October 15 
  • Summer I admission - January 31 
  • Summer II admission - April 3

For information about obtaining a DS-2019, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

*Subject to change without notice due to law or policy changes.