What is an I-20?
An I-20 is a government form that tells the U.S. government that a student is eligible for F-1 Student Status. It certifies that
1. they are or expect to be a "bona fide" student
2. they meet the American Educational Institute's admissions requirements
3. they will pursue a full course of study
4. they proved that they have enough money to study and live in the U.S. without working illegally or suffering from poverty.
The I-20 (also known as an Admissions Letter) is sent by the school to the student. This form is required to apply for the student visa.
What is SEVIS?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System is known as SEVIS. Schools issuing I-20s must enter international student information in the SEVIS database. This information is accessed by US consulates worldwide when assessing a student's application for an F-1 visa. If the school does not enter the required information in the database, the student visa may not be issued. We are the only agency that works with schools to update this information within 24 hours of issuing the I-20.