Chapman Graduate SchoolInternational Student Visa Documents

If you are not on a valid visa for study in the U.S., you will need an initial I-20. FIU creates this document for you to take to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. We are required by the Department of Homeland Security/US Citizenship and Immigration Services to carefully review the financial ability of each student prior to issuing this document. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the cost of attending FIU and that you have sufficient funds to support yourself.

For FIU’s Chapman Graduate School of Business to issue an I-20 you must supply the following documents:

  • Declaration of Finance (DCF) form – Please complete all information requested in the form. The DCF form must reflect, at a minimum, the total cost of the program (tuition, books, and medical insurance). This must be signed on ALL pages for the document to be valid, even if no information supplied on this page.
  • Official bank letter – This can be completed using Page 4 of the DCF form and must has signature and seals from the bank official. You may also submit a current copy of the bank statement, or a letter printed on the official bank letterhead, containing the following information:
    • State the name of the account holder (applicant or sponsor)
    • Be signed and/or stamped by an authorized member of the bank
    • Show sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses
    • Bank letters are accepted from the following types of accounts: savings, checking, current, or money market accounts. Any other account available would need to specify if the account is liquid, or if the funds are available for withdrawal at any time.
  • Sponsor letter – This can be completed using Page 4 of the DCF form. If the bank letter or account is not in the student’s name (e.g., family member, employer, etc.), the sponsor will need to sign the Affidavit of Support section of the DCF form or submit a signed letter stating that they will be financially responsible for all expenses while the student is pursuing a degree at FIU.
  • Copy of passport – A valid passport is required to verify all names are spelled correctly on the I-20, and that there are no errors on the birth date. This is required for the applicant and all dependents (if applicable).
  • F1 transfer form – If you are currently in the U.S. on a valid I-20 and are transferring your visa to FIU, we require all the documents listed above plus the F-1 Transfer Form found on Page 5 of the DCF Form. This form must be completed by your international student advisor and include an appropriate SEVIS release date. Without this date and your international student advisor’s approval of your transfer, the F-1 Transfer Form remains incomplete.

Currently, I-20s and admission letters are being sent via email only due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. No further action will be needed on your part to receive your I-20. Please be sure to check your email regularly, your I-20 will be sent by the University’s central admission office and not your program.

If you have not received this within 3 weeks of submitting all financial documents, please follow up with

For international graduate students, the I-20 Delivery Preference Form will be sent you via email once you are admitted. It is imperative that you select how you would like your documents to be shipped within 7 days, otherwise they will be shipped by regular airmail. FIU provides three options for you to receive your I-20 and admissions letter.

  1. Express Mail: The I-20 is express mailed via eShip Global (eShip Global is a private mail service company and is not affiliated with FIU. This company makes arrangements with DHL or Federal Express to have your I-20 express mailed to you and requires an additional fee paid directly to eShip Global.)
  • Register and activate your account with eShip Global. Registration and activation of your account is free.
  • Click the “Receive” option.
  • Type “Florida” in the search box or select it from the drop down list.
  • Select “Florida International University” and then “Continue.”
  • Select International Admissions and then “Continue.”
  • Complete the shipping form, use your Panther ID as the student ID number, and select “Ship/Quote.” Note: PO Box addresses are generally not preferred by express carriers. If entering a PO Box address, be sure you provide the complete physical address where the PO Box is located in order to avoid delays or missed deliveries.
  • On the confirmation page, check your shipment details. On the same page, complete the credit card information form.
  • Select “Confirm” to advance to the shipment summary page.
  • Florida International University will automatically be notified by University Express Mail Services (eShipGlobal) that you have requested your documents to be shipped via express mail. You will receive a confirmation email from eShip Global with a tracking number so that you can track the shipment.
  • Receive your documents in 3-5 business days from the date of mailing.
  1. Pick-Up: You, a family member, or friend can pick up the I-20 in person from our offices. If the document is being picked up by a family member or friend, the student must provide the name and telephone number of the friend or family member by first completing the I-20 Delivery Preference Form. Without the completed form on file, we cannot release the I-20.
    IMPORTANT: The person picking up the document must provide official photo identification upon arrival.
  2. Regular Air Mail: The I-20 is sent via regular Air-Mail service by FIU. Delivery times vary greatly and will likely take two or more weeks to be delivered.
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