International Student Services
Thank you for considering DeVry University as you search for colleges and universities in the United States. There are many factors to think about in selecting a school. Whether you plan on attending DeVry University, or any other university, there are some immigration requirements that you must fulfill first.
Required Immigration Documentation
All F-1 visa students subject to passport and visa requirements will be admitted to the United States if they have a valid passport, a U.S. entry visa in their passport and a valid I-20 issued from the school they are planning to attend. Students may also be required to provide proof of financial support at the port of entry (POE).
- Official transcripts of all high-school and college records.
- Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, ESL-intermediate level)
- Official proof of acceptable ACT, SAT or DeVry entrance exam.
- Documentation of financial support (contact Student Services for exact amount).
- Additional testing results for students from Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands.
You are strongly encouraged to remain in your home country until you have received your I-20 (application for your F-1 visa) and your F-1 visa. If you enter the U.S. with a B-2 tourist visa you will be required to change your visa status to F-1 prior to beginning your studies. Changing visa status is costly and complex. If you will be entering the country with a B-2 visa, be sure to notify the consular's office of your intention of becoming a student once you are in the U.S. You may also want to encourage the consular to indicate "prospective student" statement on your visa. This will help facilitate your change of status from B-2 to F-1. Remember: there is a fee to change your visa status.
Financing Your Education
During the entire length of your studies in the United States you will not have access to loans, grants or any other form of federally backed financial aid. You will be required to pay all tuition, fees, and books expenses before completing registration. You will be eligible to work on campus after the completion of your first semester but on campus jobs are limited.
Transferring From Another U.S. Institution
If you are attending another college or university and do not plan to leave the country and re-enter on the I-20 issued from DeVry, the Department of Homeland Security considers you a transfer student. To begin the transfer process, you must see your International Student Advisor at your original campus. It is recommended you begin the process at least four (4) weeks prior to the next start date of classes at DeVry University.
All DeVry University students are required to have basic medical insurance. If you would like more information, please come by Student Central for information, SAC room 204.
To better assist you, we request you visit our office (Student Central) within the first week of your arrival. Please bring your passport, I-94 (arrival/departure record issued at the port of entry) and I-20. Our office is located in the SAC building, in Room 321. We are required to keep copies of these documents in your file to meet DHS regulations.
If you arrive in the United States on an F-1 visa with the intention of attending school, but change your mind for any reason, DHS requires that you return your I-20 to the issuing school and leave the country immediately. Your non-attendance will also be reported the ICE.
If you have any questions that need to be addressed in order to make your decision, feel free to contact me.
Good luck in your search for a college,
Associate Dean of Student Services, International Student Advisor