International Student Services
The Admissions department is here to help international students through the application process, with an experienced staff committed to helping international students take the necessary steps to reach their educational goals at the University of Saint Katherine (USK). This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Please keep in mind the following deadlines:
Complete application deadline: June 1
Deposit Deadline: June 15
Payment Deadline: July 1
Completed Application Deadline: November 1
Deposit Deadline: November 15
Payment Deadline: December 1
The I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status) is issued by the Admissions Department of the University of Saint Katherine to international students who have been accepted into USK’s degree program.
Evidence of financial support from a financial institution is required in the amount stated on the I-20 Form before the I-20 Form can be prepared for the international student. This proof of financial support must be submitted in the pre-application stage of the admissions process.
Once a student receives notice of acceptance to the University of Saint Katherine, the next step is to pay a $500 tuition deposit before the I-20 will be processed. If the student does not have a U.S. bank, payment can be made by calling the Admissions Office to make payment over the phone.
Please note: There are no payment plans available to international students. Therefore, students must have all remaining balances paid in full for the year by the deadline listed above. Once the student has submitted his/her tuition deposit, an I-20 will be generated for the student and mailed to their home address. The student must then make an appointment with the embassy in his/her home country in order to apply for an F-1 student Visa. The student must bring their valid I-20 (along with the documentation listed below) to the appointment.
The F-1 student visa is a nonimmigrant visa. In order for this visa to be issued, the applicant must provide proof that:
He or she has a permanent residence outside of the U.S. which they have no intention of abandoning;
He or she is desirous to obtain temporary nonimmigrant status into the United States for the sole purpose of engaging in a full-time course of study at the University of Saint Katherine, who issued them the I-20 Form.
Applicants for an F-1 student visa will need to apply at the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate of their permanent residence. The U.S. Consular will require an interview with the applicant, and it is required for the applicant to present a valid passport and the I-20 Form as well as proof of financial support.
Each applicant for an F-1 student visa must also submit the following information:
- Forms DS-156, DS-157, and DS-158.
- A valid passport for travel to the U.S.
- One or more photographs, based on the requirements specified.
- I-20 Form from the University of Saint Katherine.
- Proof of financial support from a financial institution.
- Pay the one-time I-901 fee online before the consular interview.
Mexican or Canadian citizens admitted to the United States either as an F-1 or F-3 status as “border commuter students” are admitted for a fixed period of time that coincides with the term of session end-date on their I-20 Form. They are not admitted for “duration of status” like regular F-1 students. A new I-20 Form is required for each new semester.
To qualify you must:
- Be a Canadian or Mexican citizen.
- Be registered as a border commuter student.
- Attend a U.S. College located within 75 miles of the boarder.
- Be enrolled in a degree program, pursuing it part-time.
- Maintain actual residence and place of abode in their country of citizenship, and commute through a land border port-of-entry to the U.S. for study.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet database system designed to track International students while they are in the United States.
While in the United States, F-1 International students must report correct and up to date information regarding their personal information, U.S. address, enrollment status, and academic progress to the Admissions Office. The PDSO will then enter this information into the SEVIS database.
PLEASE NOTE: It is very important for a non-immigrant student to maintain his or her immigrant status while in the United States. It is the responsibility of the International student to keep all immigrant documents current. If an International student fails to maintain the conditions of their non immigrant status, it could jeopardize their status, and could possibly be grounds for deportation from the United States under the U.S. immigration law.