Visa and SEVIS Information

 International students who want to study in the U.S. must have an appropriate visa. Mercer University is authroized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for a Nonimmigrant Student Visa for students who have been accepted to one of Mercer University's approved degree programs of study.

The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility is required for students to apply for the F-1 visa, which is the most common visa for studying at a college or university in the United States. 

PROCESS FOR GETTING AN I-20

 1

GAIN ACADEMIC ACCEPTANCE FROM A MERCER UNIVERSITY PROGRAM OF STUDY

 2

 COMPLETE THE I-20 APPLICATION FORM

 3

 MAKE A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT BIOGRAPHICAL PAGE

 4

 GATHER YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOCUMENTS

 5 

 SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS TO OIP@MERCER.EDU OR DIRECTLY TO YOUR ADVISOR

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR ADVISORS

ATLANTA CAMPUS: BRENDA AUSTRIE-CANNADAY | austrie-cannaday_b@mercer.edu

MACON CAMPUS: RICHARD SPIVEY | spivey@rc@mercer.edu

RELATED FORMS

SPONSOR COMMITTMENT FORM

TRANSFER-IN FORM

 

 

 

 

 

 PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR A NONIMMIGRANT VISA AT A UNITED STATES EMBASSY OR CONSULATE

 1

RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY FOR A NONIMMIGRANT VISA FROM MERCER UNIVERSITY

 2 

FIND THE U.S. CONSULATE OR EMBASSY CLOSEST TO YOUR HOME ON THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WEBSITE

 3

PAY THE SEVIS FEE AND SAVE YOUR RECEIPT (FORM I-901)

 4

REVIEW THE VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS ON THE EMBASSY WEBSITE, AND ORGANIZE ALL THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED WITH THE VISA APPLICATION BEFORE YOU BEGIN

 5

COMPLETE THE VISA APPLICATION FORM AND PAY THE VISA APPLICATION FEE

 6

MAKE A VISA APPLICATION APPOINTMENT WITH THE US EMBASSY OR CONSULATE 

 7

ORGANIZE ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT! IF SOMETHING IS MISSING, YOU MUST START OVER

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:  

APPLYING FOR AN F-1 VISA

 F-1 VISA APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  APPLYING FOR A J-1 VISA

  J-1 VISA APPLICATION CHECKLIST

QUESTIONS?

Contact Us!

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR ADVISORS

ATLANTA CAMPUS: BRENDA AUSTRIE-CANNADAY | austrie-cannaday_b@mercer.edu

MACON CAMPUS: RICHARD SPIVEY | spivey@rc@mercer.edu

 

ARE YOU COMING FROM ANOTHER U.S.SCHOOL?

Students who are already in the United States on and F-1 student visa who are either completing one degree level or transferring to Mercer University in the middle of a degree program may transfer their immigration records to Mercer University instead of leaving the U.S. and applying for a new student visa.

After a student is admitted to an academic program at Mercer University, the following two forms must be completed and submitted to International Programs, along with any supporting documentation, before the transfer process can be completed.

MERCER UNIVERSITY I-20 APPLICATION FORM

MERCER UNIVERSITY TRANSFER-IN FORM

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FORMS

SPONSOR COMMITTMENT FORM

Questions?

Contact Us!

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR ADVISORS

ATLANTA CAMPUS: BRENDA AUSTRIE-CANNADAY | austrie-cannaday_b@mercer.edu

MACON CAMPUS: RICHARD SPIVEY | spivey@rc@mercer.edu

 

ELIGIBILITY

Persons present in the United States on a non-immigrant visa in a category other than F-1 who are currently studying at Mercer University or who wish to enroll at Mercer University may be eligible to apply for a change of status of the non-immigrant visa category to F-1 student and remain in the United States.

 

Non-immigrant visa holders interested in pursuing a change of status for an F-1 student status must be fully admitted to an academic degree program at Mercer University and have a valid and active non-immigrant visa and meet the requirements for receiving a Form I-20 from Mercer University.

 

PROCESS

  1. Meet with the International Student Advisor at Mercer University
  2. Gather the documents necessary to apply for an I-20
    1. Mercer University admission letter, or
    2. Proof of enrollment
  3. Work with the International Student Advisor to gather application materials
  4. Submit the application via mail to the appropriate processing center

CHANGE OF STATUS CHECKLIST

The following documents are required of all applicants for a change of status. Additional documents may be required, depending on individual situations.

 

  • Cover letter addressed to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) explaining the student’s need to change immigration status
  • Copy of current passport and current U.S. visa (F2, H4, J2, B2, etc.)
    • The passport MUST be valid for at least 6 months into the future
    • If the applicant is on a dependent visa, copies of the primary visa holder’s documents, including immigration forms such as a DS-2019, I-20, or I-797, if applicable, are required
  • Copy of I-­94 Arrival/Departure Record
  • The Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status
  • Check or money order payable to “the U.S. Department of Homeland Security” for $400.00
  • Biometrics verification ($85)
  • Proof of financial support
  • Form I-­20
  • Receipt of paid SEVIS fee ($200)