Proof of Finances

Students requesting F-1 status must prove that enough funds are readily available to cover the first year of estimated expenses and should be prepared to prove that additional funds will be available for the duration of studies. Students requesting J-1 status must prove that funding is available for the entire J-1 program. Sufficient proof of finances must be provided before an I-20 or DS-2019 immigration document is created.

Acceptable Financial Documentation

  • An official bank statement for a checking account, a savings account, stock holdings, and/or a certificate of deposit
  • An official bank letter on letterhead indicating the account holder’s name, the date the account opened, the average balance, and the current balance
  • A scholarship or sponsorship letter verifying the amount, source, and dates of the student's award
  • An official Graduate Assistantship (such as GTA or GRA) offer letter that indicates the benefits and dates of the student’s position

Requirements for Financial Documentation

  • Bank documents must be provided on official bank letterhead
  • Documents must be dated and less than six months old
  • Bank documents must indicate the type and amount of currency
  • If the documents are not in English, a translation of the documents must be provided
  • If the bank document is not in the student's name, an affidavit statement (pdf) will be required

*ISS reserves the right to verify any submitted documentation for authenticity with the financial institution.

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