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Immigration Documents for International Students

If you need an F-1 or J-1 visa, the University of Michigan is required by the U.S. government to obtain documentation proving that international applicants (non-U.S. Citizens) have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while in the United States. Rackham Admissions is the U-M office that will prepare your I-20 or DS-2019 after you have provided the required documents through Wolverine Access.

If you are recommended for admission by your graduate program and Rackham approves the admission, you will be notified by Rackham to upload in Wolverine Access the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students along with the required financial documentation. Do not submit any financial information until requested to do so by Rackham. Financial documents and copies of immigration documents submitted before Rackham requests them are not acceptable.

After all the documents are approved, Rackham will begin the process to prepare your I-20 or DS-2019. Allow three weeks for Rackham to complete your I-20 or DS-2019. You will be able to review your immigration information and track the progress of your immigration document on the “View I-20 or DS-2019 Status” link in Wolverine Access. Refer to the Rackham admission email for the checklist and details of when your documents will be completed.

Which student visa do you plan to obtain?

F-1

If you are requesting an I-20 for an F-1 visa you are required to submit evidence of the availability of your expenses for the first year only, and also indicate source(s) of funding for subsequent years. Subsequent years’ funding is indicated by use of a checkbox on the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support.

J-1

If you are requesting a DS-2019 for a J-1 visa you are required to submit evidence of the availability of your expenses for the duration of your program. Use the estimated expenses to calculate the total amount you need to certify and provide the required proof of funds. Over 50% of funding must come from sources other than personal funds.

Estimated Student Costs and Expenses

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time as approved by the Board of Regents. You should plan for an annual increase of 5% to 10% of all costs. Program fees vary and are not reflected in these estimates. Check with the graduate program if you have questions about the fees specific to your degree program.

Estimated Student Expenses (Fall 2019 through Winter 2020 terms)
Tuition and Fees for one academic year$48,640
Living Expenses (housing, food, utilities, transportation, personal items – 12 months)$21,000
Books and supplies (Fall and Winter terms only)$1,200
Mandatory Health Insurance (12 months)$2,334
Total Estimated Expenses$73,174

Where are you currently located?

Required Immigration Documents
DocumentYou are currently outside the United StatesYou are currently in the United States and a University of Michigan StudentYou are currently in the United States and transferring to the University of Michigan
Passport Required Required Required
Rackham Affidavit Required Required Required
Bank Statement(s), or Funding Letter, or both Required Required Required
Current I-20 or DS-2019  Required Required
Visa  Required Required
I-94  Required Required
EAD Card (submit only if you are under an OPT I-20 or AT)  Required Required
Transfer-In Form   Required

Outside the United States

To request an I-20 or DS-2019 for an F-1 or J-1 visa you must log into Wolverine Access and upload the following documents:

Immigration Process for Newly Admitted International Students Outside the U.S.

  • Complete the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Bank statement(s) or funding letter
  • Copy of your passport, photo page only

In the United States with F-1 or J-1 Status

If You Are at U-M

Immigration Process for International Students Currently at U-M Ann Arbor

To request an I-20 or DS-2019 for an F-1 or J-1 visa you must log into Wolverine Access and upload the following documents:

  • Complete the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Bank statement(s) or funding letter
  • Copy of your current I-20 or DS-2019
  • Copy of your passport, photo page only
  • Copy of your visa
  • Copy of your current I-94
  • Copy of your Employment Authorization Document if applicable

If You Are Transferring your SEVIS record from Another U.S. Institution

Immigration Process for International Students Transferring a Visa from Another U.S. Institution

You are considered a “SEVIS Transfer Student” if you hold F-1 or J-1 student status at another institution in the United States and plan to remain in that visa status. To transfer your SEVIS record to the University of Michigan and to request an I-20 or DS-2019 from U-M, you must log into Wolverine Access and upload the following documents:

  • Complete the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Bank statement(s) or funding letter
  • Copy of your current I-20 or DS-2019
  • Copy of your passport, photo page only
  • Copy of your visa
  • Copy of your current I-94
  • Copy of your Employment Authorization Document if applicable
  • The completed Rackham transfer-in form

Your International Student Advisor at your current or previous school must electronically release your SEVIS record to U-M after you finish classes and/or upon completion of OPT. The Rackham Graduate School cannot process your new I-20 or DS-2019 before your SEVIS record is released to the University of Michigan.

Once You Have Your Required Documents

To expedite the process, combine the documents in the order listed above and upload as a single PDF file (if possible).

Upload the file to the “Upload Page” in your Wolverine Access Friend Account. After all the documents are approved, Rackham will begin the process to prepare your I-20 or DS-2019. Allow three weeks for Rackham to complete your I-20 or DS-2019.

Options to obtain I-20 or DS-2019

eShip

Please sign up and pay for the eShip. Be sure to select “Rackham Graduate School” for “department.” Your credit card will not be charged until your immigration documents are shipped.

Pick-Up

Email Rackham Admissions at rackadmis@umich.edu if you’re local and would like to pick up the I-20 or DS-2019, or have someone to pick up the document for you.

Mandatory Immigration Check-In

Sign up for and attend the International Center’s Mandatory Immigration Check-in session. Detailed information will be attached to your I-20 or DS-2019.

Are you bringing dependents?

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

Required Immigration Documents for Dependents
DocumentYou are outside the United States and bringing dependentsYou are in the United States and bringing dependents
Dependent’s Passport Required Required
Dependent’s Current I-20 or DS-19  Required
Dependent’s Visa  Required
Dependent’s I-94  Required
  1. Provide your dependent information on page 4 of the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support.
  2. Upload the completed form, supporting financial documentation of funds, and a copy of the passport for each dependent (showing the picture, biographical information, and expiration date and include the machine readable information) in Wolverine Access.

If you are currently outside of the United States you will need to upload:

Copy of dependent’s passport

If you are currently in the United States you will need to upload:

  • Copy of dependent’s passport
  • Copy of dependent’s I-20 or DS-2019
  • Copy of dependent’s visa
  • Copy of dependent’s I-94
Estimated Dependent Expenses
 Estimated Dependent Expenses (12 Months)Per Month Expenses
Spouse’s living expenses, not including insurance$6,000$500
Each additional dependent’s living expenses, not including insurance$3,000$250
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and one dependent$4,594$382.83
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and two or more dependents$6,855$571.21

Does your program start in the Summer Half Term (a half term that usually runs from late June to mid-August)?

Applicants that are admitted into graduate programs that start in the Summer term must show enough proof of funds for first year of study. If you are unsure when your graduate program begins, please consult your admission email from the Rackham Graduate School.

Note: Estimated funds vary by program; refer to your graduate program’s Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support for estimated expenses.

If you will apply to ELI’s English for Academic Purposes Summer Program, email rackadmis@umich.edu to let us know that you intend to participate in that program.

Estimated Student Expenses (Summer Half Term 2019 through Spring-Summer 2020 terms)
Tuition and Fees for the first year$54,826
Living Expenses (housing, food, utilities, transportation, personal items – 14 months)$24,500
Books and supplies (first year)$2,100
Mandatory Health Insurance – 14 months$2,723
Total Estimated Expenses$84,149
Estimated Dependent Expenses (Summer Half Term 2019 through Spring-Summer 2020 terms)
Spouse’s living expenses, not including insurance$7,000
Each additional dependent’s living expenses, not including insurance$3,500
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and one dependent$5,360
Mandatory Health Insurance for student and two or more dependents$7,997

What forms of financial documentation are acceptable?

The following may be used as documentation of funds:

  • An official dated bank statement that includes the name of the financial institution, the account holder’s name, type of account and clearly indicates the currency and the account balance. Do not submit statements with the transaction history.
  • A detailed letter from the sponsor stating the exact U.S. dollar amount being provided for tuition, living expenses, health insurance and dependents (if applicable). This letter must be original and on official letterhead and include the dates of sponsorship, name of program, and degree level. The letter must be dated within one year of initial enrollment.
  • University of Michigan Award – Letter or email that details the type of funding (GSI or GSRA, Fellowship, etc.), the specific amount for tuition, stipend and health insurance and duration of award. If the award does not cover the total estimated expenses, you must provide additional funds, such as personal funds that cover the remaining balance.
  • Educational Loans – A detailed letter on official letterhead from the financial institution that indicates your name, the approved amount of the loan and the duration for which the loan is available.

Each individual contributing financially to your education must complete the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support. In case of jointly held accounts, each individual holder must complete the Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support.

The Following Types of Documentation Are Not Acceptable

  • Stocks, bonds, equities, investments, and retirement accounts (Indian Provident Funds: Fund manager must provide terms and conditions for fund disbursement)
  • The maturity or expiry date for fixed or term deposit is after the start of the semester
  • Non-Liquid assets of property or personal assets (automobiles, land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Statements verifying employment and salary
  • Insurance premiums and policies
  • Income tax returns
  • Attestations stating only that a sponsor can meet the expenses

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

For questions on the immigration process, please contact rackadmis@umich.edu

When is the deadline to submit my documentation?

The deadlines for submission of financial documents are listed below. If documents are not received by these dates, Rackham will begin withdrawing offers of admission.

  • Fall term, May 15
  • Summer term, April 15
  • Winter term, November 15

Glossary of Immigration Documents

Passport
Valid passport issued by your country of citizenship. (Must be valid for at least six (6) months after beginning your study).
Rackham Affidavit of Financial Support
Form providing instructions and requirements for submitting acceptable certification of funds.
Bank Statement
Official dated bank statement including name of the financial institution, account holder’s name, type of account, and clear indication the currency and account balance.
University of Michigan Award
Letter or email that details the type of funding (GSI or GSRA, Fellowship, etc.), the specific amount for tuition, stipend, health insurance, and duration of award.
Dependents
Spouse and unmarried children under age 21 may join you in the U.S. as F-2 dependents.
I-20
Primary immigration document for F-1 student status. 
DS-2019
Primary immigration document for J-1 student status. 
Visa
Travel document issued by U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.
I-94
Proof of legal non-immigrant status at the Port of Entry by a Customs and Border Protection Officer.
EAD
Employment Authorization Document issued by USCIS.
U-M SEVIS Transfer-In Form
To be filled out by admitted student and the Designated School Official at the student’s current school.

Contact Admissions

0120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: 734.764.8129
Fax: 734.615.7535

Hours

Admissions is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.