Requesting a New I-20 to Return to Boston University
Please contact your
ISSO advisor two to three months before
the semester you wish to return to Boston University
in order to request a new I-20 to
return from a leave of absence, a suspension, or a physical
absence from the U.S. of more than 5 months while continuously
enrolled with the University.
Before the I-20 can be issued, you must follow these steps:
- Verify with your ISSO advisor that you are eligible to return
to your academic program. This information should appear automatically
in the University computer if you have been on an official leave
of absence or continuously enrolled while physically absent from
the U.S. for more than 5 months.
If you have been on suspension, you must contact
your Boston University school or college and submit a petition
to return to the University. Once approved, have your department
send a copy of the approval letter to your ISSO advisor.
- Prepare new financial documents to show you have sufficient
funds to cover the current expenses for tuition, fees and cost-of-living
for one academic year (9 months).
If the funding is your own, you need
only submit a bank letter or statement verifying funds.
If you are sponsored (e.g. by your parents), your sponsor will
need to provide their bank documentation, plus a letter of financial
support that verifies they will provide funding for your tuition/fees
and living expenses while you are at Boston University. For your
convenience, Boston University has prepared a Sponsorship
Certification Form for this purpose.
All financial documents must be written in English and show the
amounts converted into U.S. dollars. Click here to review
of Expenses to determine the amount of funds you must have
- Mail your financial documentation to the attention of your
ISSO advisor. Include a cover sheet indicating the address where
you would like the new I-20 to be sent. If you want your I-20
sent by FedEx or other courier (highly recommended), you will
need to provide a phone number and a credit card number with expiration
date. The phone number is important in case there is a problem
You must return to the U.S. on or before the new start date in section
5 of your I-20, otherwise the document will become invalid for reentry.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL:
Please refer to the section "Immigration
Requirements for Entry to the US (F-1 Students)." Unless
you are Canadian, you must possess a valid F-1 visa and your passport
should be valid at least 6 months from the date you intend to reenter
Upon your reentry to the
U.S., a CBP official must stamp page one of your new I-20 and return
it to you. You must report to the ISSO immediately to have your
new I-20 and I-94 card copied in order to update your record before
you will be considered eligible for any F-1 benefits.
your new I-20 if you are currently in the U.S.
Your ISSO advisor will counsel you further on the following: