This page is for international students who have been accepted to a degree program at MassArt and are wondering what the next steps are.
For answers to common international student questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page
IMMIGRATION STATUS & STUDY
Most international students will apply for and maintain F-1 immigration status status while attending MassArt. The first step to obtain an F-1 visa, is to apply for an I-20 Form and then you will use that to apply for your visa.
Please note: some immigration statuses do not permit study in the United States. It is your responsibility to ensure you are able to study legally in the US under your current immigration status.
If you will not study in F-1 status, you must:
*CHECKLIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR I-20 TO BE ISSUED
All students must complete and submit all of the following as early as possible to ensure timely processing:
Students attending another US institution (or if you have attended one within the past 5 months) OR are currently in the US on Optional Practical Training, you must submit all of the above and also:
Complete the F-1 Transfer In Form in the Admissions Portal
- I-94 Travel Record for US Visitors (navigate to “get most recent): email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Copy of EAD Card (only if on current OPT): email@example.com
- Copies of all previous I-20s: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Copy of current I-20: email@example.com
*Please Note: It is your responsibility to send us the required documentation in a timely manner to avoid any delays in visa processing.
We work in order of the date you submit all of the required documents to issue and send your I-20. All I-20s are uploaded to your Admissions Portal.
*Normally you will receive your I-20 document within 3-4 weeks of the date that you have submitted all required documents and paid your deposit*
Questions about your immigration status or required I-20 documents email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about Admissions, go to Meet your Admissions Counselor
Questions about general admissions documents: Email your Admissions Counselor or email@example.com