New Students

Welcome New Students

Congratulations on joining the international student community of over 900 students from approximately 74 countries around the world!

Next Steps

Now that you are a Seattle University student, there are three major steps that both New and Transfer students need to follow in order to successfully transition to your new school.

Look over all the information on the tabs on the left side of this page or click on the boxes below to guide you through Seattle University's policies for new international students. 

1. Pre-Arrival

2. Workshop

3. Check-In

 

ISC Staff as of fall 2019

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Conversation with International Students

Visa Types

F-1 Visa

Most international students come to Seattle University on the F-1 student visa. In order to apply for the visa, you will need to obtain the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student. Seattle University will issue the Form I-20 once you have completed the Declaration of Finances form and have been admitted to the university. The I-20 can only be issued to students who plan to study full-time. To apply for an F-1 visa, please contact the nearest embassy or consulate in your country of residence. We also recommend reviewing this website for helpful tips that may be useful for your F-1 visa interview.

J-1 visa

Students on short-term exchange programs come to Seattle University on a J-1 student visa. In order to apply for the visa you will need to obtain a DS-2019 form. Seattle University will issue the DS-2019 once you have completed the Declaration of Finances form and have been admitted to the university. To apply for a J-1 visa, please contact the nearest embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

B-1/B-2 tourist visa

If your intent is to come to the United States to study, it is not advisable to come on a tourist visa. Most requests to change from tourist to student status are denied by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

B-2 "prospective student" visa

Prospective student visas are appropriate for students who have been admitted to more than one school, but have not decided which school they will attend. A change of status from prospective student to F-1 should be routinely approved; however, B-2s may not begin studies until the change of status is approved.

Dependent visas (F-2 or J-2)

If your dependents would like to stay with you in Seattle, they may apply for a dependent visa (F-2 or J-2). The primary visa holder must show the ability to financially sponsor the dependent(s). Dependents will have their own I-20 or DS-2019. Dependents of F-1 visa holders may not engage in part- or full-time study, except for unmarried minor children in K-12 programs, and are not allowed to engage in any type of employment. Dependents of J-1 visa holders are allowed to study and also permitted to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to be employed.