What is an I-20/DS-2019?
Form I-20/DS-2019 is
a United States Department of Homeland Security document issued
by colleges and universities that provides supporting information for
the issuance of a student visa (F, J and M non-immigrant statuses). The
form also includes a student tracking number through the Student and
Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
How to obtain an Initial I-20/DS2019 All
admitted international students must submit detailed financial
statements before a Form I-20/DS-2019 can be processed. Admitted students for F-1 status must
submit certified bank statements in English verifying they have
sufficient funds available to finance their first year’s tuition and
living expenses. For J1 students, you must show financial support for the entire length of your program. Please see the information below to determine the
minimum proof of funding you will need to provide. Because
some embassy officials verify students’ financial documents, students
should obtain original copies of all financial documents. The cost
estimate for living expenses covers only minimal essential expenditures.
Expenses for clothing, recreation, and incidentals are variable, and
the cost of travel outside of your city is not included. **Note -
Students admitted to the United States on student visas have working
restrictions. Therefore, employment while in the U.S.
can not be anticipated as a means of financial support. It is very
important that international students who wish to study at TCSPP come
prepared to financially support the cost of their education during the
entire time that they expect to remain in the United States.
Obtaining an Initial I-20/DS-2019 Submit the following documents electronically to your Campus DSO:
International Student Information Form
Financial documents showing a total balance equal to or greater than the estimated expenses for your first year of study. Please review our
Financial Requirements for F-1/J-1 Students, and note the additional financial requirements for a spouse or child dependent.
Copy of passport (If applicable, your dependent's passport is also required)
Transfer-In Form (If transferring from another US institution)
statements must be signed or stamped by a bank official, and show a
current balance. Students may be contacted to submit additional proof of
authentication, if needed. Statements should not be issued more than
six months from the date of request. Documents must be in English, or
include a certified English translation.
The following is a summary of acceptable sources of funding:
Certificates of Deposit, Fixed Deposits, Fixed Term Certificate of Deposits, Time Deposits and Term Deposits.
Education Loans: it must be evident that the person is pre-approved or approved for the loan.
Bonds: the maturity date or value date must be clearly listed and be before the first day of the semester.
Provident Funds: the amount available for withdrawal must be stated in the letter.
Savings Accounts: all forms of savings accounts will be considered, including demand deposit, current accounts and money market.
Award Letters: an official letter from the sponsoring agency must
clearly state the terms of the scholarship, such as tuition, fees, and
books and living expenses provided. If the scholarship includes a
stipend, it must state the dollar amount per month.
The following is a summary of account types OIS does
Chartered Accounts: are statements from accountants.
Demat Accounts: are used for the trade of stocks, securities, and debentures.
Solvency Certificate: is a summary of all assets including bank accounts, DE deposits, bonds, property, salary, etc.
Stock Market Funds, including mutual funds, equity funds/accounts, and yield funds.
When should evidence of financial support be submitted?
You may wish to submit your financial documentation with your
application and other materials. If so, your documents will be reviewed
after you are approved for admission. Your financial documents may no
longer be valid at the time of this review. How can I request an I-20/DS-2019 for my dependent?If
you wish to bring your spouse or child to live with you in the United
States while you study, you must budget for additional living expenses,
and provide proof of financial coverage in order for your campus DSO to
issue you an I-20/DS-2019 for your dependent (F-2/J-2). Allow for an additional
$5500 for spouse and $4500 for child. These estimates do not include the
insurance plan. A dependent can be a spouse or child under the age of
21. How do I defer my admission to a later semester?
If you wish to defer your admission to a later semester, you must
contact your Admissions Counselor. Informing your campus DSO of deferral
does not officially defer your acceptance to TSCPP.
How do I obtain an Initial I-20/DS-2019 if I am in a program that requires a low-residency in the United States?
International students accepted to a program that requires a residency in the United States must confirm with their Global Enrollment Specialist in International Admissions if documentation to support an F-1 student visa to enter the United States to participate in the on-site sessions can be issued. The structure of the program is low residency and nontraditional, which means important visa and immigration implications exist for international students who enroll in the program. Please consult the TCSPP Low-Residency Details for International Students.
Once you receive your immigration packet, you will need to obtain an F-1/J-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy to
enter the United States. In order to obtain your F-1/J-1 visa, you will
need to make an appointment at the local U.S. Consulate in your home
country. The waiting time for an interview can vary, so make your appointment as soon as possible.
*Note - Canadian Citizens: You must pay the SEVIS fee, although you do not need to apply for an F-1/J-1 visa. Canadian
students are exempt from the visa requirement, although they will be
considered in F-1 or J-1 status when they enter the U.S. with their I-20
During the student visa interview, all applicants must provide documentation, such as:
• Visa Application
• Visa fee Receipt: A MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa
application fee and a visa issuance fee (if applicable). All applicants,
including dependents, must pay the MRV fee. • SEVIS Form I-20 from The Chicago School
• SEVIS fee Receipt: After receiving your I-20/DS-2019, you will need to go
online and pay the SEVIS fee I-901. You can pay this fee at https://www.fmjfee.com/. Dependents do not need to pay this fee.
• Watch this video tutorial to learn more about how to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee.
• Valid passport for travel to the United States and with a validity
date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay
in the United States
• One (1) 2x2 photograph
information listed above is not an exhaustive list. Please always check
the Department of State's website before your interview.
Helpful Links:Study in the StatesNAFSA: 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa
Full-Time Students: International Students must be registered full time as required by their degree program required by Immigration Services. Please follow the curriculum arrangement from your department when registering courses. International students in F1/J1 status are NOT eligible for Reduced Load.
Enrolling in additional coursework: First year students are not permitted to enroll in additional courses unless they have been awarded transfer credit for required first year courses. Your curriculum has been carefully planned, keeping in mind such issues as course sequences and prerequisites, work load and time management, requirements for practicum training, etc.
Online Courses: For international students, only one Online Course (maximum 3 credits) each semester can be counted towards your degree progression. Please keep in mind when registering courses.
Transfer Credits: Credit hours earned at another regionally accredited institution may apply to the TCSPP degree program if it meets the conditions stated in the Student Handbook. Please refer to the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook Transfer Credit and Course Waiver policy for details on how to submit a packet for transfer credit/course waiver consideration. If you are not familiar with it, please consult with your Enrollment Counselor for details.
PLEASE NOTE: THE PROGRAM CURRICULUM MAY UNDERGO CHANGES AND REVISIONS DURING YOUR COURSE OF STUDY. Changes will be announced by your academic program and you will be informed of any new or different requirements for degree completion.
How does registration work? Registration is a first-come, first-registered system. Students may log in to the Academic Portal and register for courses during Open Registration period. You will receive notification of your registration for each semester. After all students are registered, students can drop or add a course with an open seat during the open registration period only. Please note that waiting until the end of the Open Registration period to select classes will likely mean that your course schedule will be inconvenient, and a course section of your preference may be full. There is no waitlist option for closed courses. Closed classes are closed, although there may be availability as other students add/drop.
We may add more sections or cancel under-enrolled course sections, as necessary. Students will be notified via their TCSPP school email when such changes are made. Faculty may be reassigned to accommodate new courses and sections. Students typically are not notified of faculty changes unless the course is Professional Development Group. Students are encouraged to review their course schedule especially before the beginning of the semester to ensure accuracy.
All students will visit the following website to complete course registration. Please note that you will need your provided username and password in order to access registration.
Registration website: https://apps.thechicagoschool.edu
The simplest and best registration tip we can offer is this: After your registration is complete, log out of the registration system, log back in, and print a copy of your confirmed schedule. If you registered correctly, your classes will have a status of "Registered" instead of "Selected" or "Bookmarked." By doing so, you can confirm that your requested registration was approved. You should save this copy of your schedule.
CANVAS: Canvas is The Chicago School's online learning management system. Students will have access to courses in Canvas the Friday before classes begin, if not sooner. Canvas can be used to post syllabi, host discussion boards, turn in assignments, and much more.
To access Canvas, visit http://tcsedsystem.instructure.com. Please review the quick start guide, found at http://guides.instructure.com/m/8470 to become familiar with Canvas and how it may be used.
TCSPP School Email: Once you have submitted your deposit to attend classes at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, your TCSPP student email will be the primary form of communication used by the school and faculty. It is important to check email frequently to ensure you do not miss important updates, information and communications.
you have obtained your visa (if required), you will use it with your
I-20/DS-2019 and passport to enter the United States. You will also
need proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee. You
may also need to show proof of funding as well, so it is a good idea to
bring copies of these financial documents with you. Be sure that you do
not pack your passport, SEVIS I-20/DS-2019, SEVIS fee receipt, or proof of
funding in your checked baggage. These documents should be hand carried.
If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will be unable to present the
documents at your port of entry. As a result, you may not be able to
**Note Be advised that you may be
refused entry into the United States if you attempt to arrive more than
30 days before the program start date listed on your SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 form. If
you wish to enter the country before the 30 days, you will need to do
so as a tourist. However, before you begin your studies, you will need
to leave the United States and reenter in F-1/J-1 status. the
United States.Once You Are In the United States
I-94 Admission Number
is important to safeguard all your immigration documents at all times,
especially your I-20/DS-2019 and your passport as these documents are what
demonstrate your lawful entry into the United States and eligibility to
study in the United States for the duration of your status as a F-1/J1 student.
After you have entered the United States, you must log on to https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home. Please follow the instruction below to retrieve the number as soon as possible from the governmental agency: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). You may need this entry information when you apply for a Social Security Number, a Driver's License, bank account, OPT Application, etc.
To find your Admission Number, please enter the information as it appears on the travel documents - passport, visa and I-20/DS-2019:
1. Family Name - Enter your family name as it appears in the Family Name or Surname field on your passport/I-20 or DS-2019.
2. First (Given) Name - Enter your first (given) name as it appears in the First or Given Name field on your passport/I-20/DS-2019. Do not include middle names, nicknames, or titles.
3. Birth Date - Enter the date of your birth in the DD/MM/YYYY format (e.g., March 4, 1960 is 04/03/1960).
4. Passport Number - Enter your passport number as it appears on your passport biographic page. The passport number may contain numbers and/or letters. Please closely distinguish between the two. Some commonly confused characters are the number zero (0) and letter 'O' and the number one (1), and the letter 'I'.
5. Country of Issuance - The passport country of issuance is your country of citizenship as it appears on your passport. The country of citizenship on your passport is the passport issuing authority, regardless of the country the passport was physically obtained in.
6. Most Recent Date of Entry - The most recent date of entry refers to the most recent date you entered the United States. This date can be found on the admission stamp located on your passport.
7. Class of Admission -Your class of admission can be found on the admission stamp in your passport. Class of Admission is typically two to three characters, which may contain numbers or letters (F1 or J1).
Report to TCSPP
Check in with the
Office of International Programs and Services within 10 days of your
arrival. Be sure to bring all your immigrant documents with you at that
time so the Designated School Official (DSO) can make copies of all your
documents and properly register you in SEVIS as required by immigration
regulations. Lastly, it is essential that you attend
International Student Orientation.
Attendance is required of all students. Important
information will be covered on how to maintain your immigration status
while in the United States. The legal responsibility to adhere to all
United States immigration regulations falls upon your shoulders;
consequently, it is important you do not miss International Student
If you have any questions about your immigration status or the information outlined in this document, please contact your
Designated School Official.
Helpful Links:How To Navigate the US Immigration System
Students in the U.S. with a status other than F-1 or J-1
Student Orientation is mandatory for new international students. Not
only do we cover many important topics, but you will have a chance to
get acquainted with campus offices, learn about the student services
available to you, meet with your Designated School Official (DSO), and
meet new people!
Fall 2019: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 3:15 pm, Central Time
Location: 325 N Wells, Room 513
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Eastern Time
Location: Room Report to reception, 901 15th Street, NW
Los Angeles and Irvine
Fall 2019: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Pacific Time
Location: 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles. Room 6010
Location: 401 W. A Street at 1 Columbia Place, San Diego, CA 92101. Room TBD
For more information on International Student Orientation, please contact the International Programs and Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students currently in the U.S. with a valid I-20 or DS-2019
If you are currently in legal F-1 status and do not plan to return to
your home country before beginning classes at The Chicago School of
Professional Psychology, you should plan to have your SEVIS record
transferred to us from your current institution.
How Do I Transfer My SEVIS Record?To
transfer your SEVIS record, please fill out the Transfer-In form. After
you fill out the form, please give it to your Designated School
Official (DSO) at your current institution and request they transfer
your SEVIS record. Also request that your current DSO submit the SEVIS
transfer form to us to verify you are in status and eligible for
Transferring your SEVIS record: When making the
request at your current institution, you will need to identify a SEVIS
release date. This date must not be any sooner than 5 months prior to
the date you are able to start classes at TCSPP and no later than the
first day of International Student Orientation (the required report date
at TCSPP for international students is the first day of orientation). **Note If you are currently working on Optional Practical Training (OPT), be
advised that once your SEVIS record is released, your OPT is
automatically terminated and you are no long authorized to work.
Why Should I Transfer My SEVIS Record?
By properly transferring your SEVIS record, you are able to remain in
the United States legally in F-1/J-1 status between programs (so long as
you can start classes at the next program within 5 months from your
release dates). Additionally, with a proper transfer I-20/DS-2019, you can enter
the United States on a valid visa from your previous school. You do not
need to apply for a new one. If you do not choose to transfer
you SEVIS record or are otherwise ineligible (out of status), you must
leave the country and reenter on an initial attendance I-20/DS-2019. Failure to
do so will result in you falling out of status. In this case, you must
apply for a new F-1/J-1 visa to match the I-20/DS2019 issued by TCSPP. (For more
information about how to apply for an F-1/J-1 visa, see the above section
- Apply for a U.S. Visa. You will also need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee
again since you are receiving a new SEVIS record. Additionally, your F-1/J-1
status is reset and you are again subject to the required waiting
period for certain benefits such as Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).
It is important, therefore, for you to clearly communicate your
intentions to International Programs and Services at TCSPP.
After your SEVIS Record Has Been Transferred
Your Chicago School I-20/DS-2019 will be issued to you when your SEVIS record
is released and you have reported to the Office of International Student
Services. Please keep in mind that you are still required to provide
the Financial Statement before we can issue your new I-20/DS-2019. If you need
your I-20/DS-2019 prior to the start of classes (e.g. if you plan to travel
internationally before you begin your studies), please contact your
DSO at your campus. It is pertinent that you check in to the Office of
International Programs and Services at International Student Orientation
or before classes begin. If you are unable to do so, you should contact
your DSO. Lastly, it is essential that you attend the
international student orientation. Attendance is required of all international
students, including transfer students. Staff will address immigration
regulations, school policies and procedures and cultural adjustment
legal responsibility to adhere to all United States immigration
regulations falls upon your shoulders; consequently, it is important you
do not miss international student orientation!