There are 2 types of student visas for Parkside: F-1 visas (for degree-seeking students) and J-1 visas (for exchange students). Each visa has its own regulations and procedures.
To apply for either visa you need to be academically accepted to the University.
Provide the University with a Sponsorship Form and supporting bank statements showing that you have sufficient funds to pay for your educational experience.
The University will then send you an immigration document called a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status or Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status” (called an “I-20” or “DS-2019”).
Spouse and Children
For those who have an accompanying spouse or children, be sure to inform the Parkside ISS/SA Office as additional immigration documents are needed.
Transferring Student Visas
If you are transferring from another US institution, contact your current school to arrange transfer of your I-20 to Parkside. This enables the Parkside ISS/SA Office to issue you a new Parkside I-20.
Those requiring a student visa must also submit a clear, easy-to-read copy of the personal information page of your passport.
Once you have the Certificate of Eligibility form, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online. A SEVIS I-901 receipt should be printed and presented at your visa interview.
Then submit the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application (with fee) so a visa interview can be scheduled. Learn more about completing the DS-160.
Schedule your visa interview. Please prepare by reading “10 Points to Remember in Your Visa Interview”. Please email the ISS/SA Office if you do not receive a visa. We can work with you to reissue documents and, if necessary, defer your enrollment.
Important: Do not attend your visa interview without reading "10 Points to Remember in Your Visa Interview"