Visa and Immigration Information for Admitted International Students

Below you will find useful, detailed information pertaining to immigration requirements and the visa process for admitted international students. For additional information on next steps for admitted students, please visit our Admitted Student website.

Students seeking F-1 student visa status

Admitted international students who have submitted their enrollment deposit and are seeking F-1 student visa status must request to be issued a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) from Loyola’s Office of International Student Services (OISS). The Form I-20 is needed to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the U.S., as well as to enter the United States and be granted F-1 status. U.S. Federal regulations require that international students who are seeking F-1 student visa status to study in the United States must provide evidence of available funding for at least one year of study in order to request a U.S. Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) from Loyola.

To be eligible to receive a Loyola-issued Form I-20, admitted students who have committed to the University must provide the following:

  1. Passport Copy - International students must supply a photocopy of the biographical/photo page of their current, valid passport.
  2. Official International Student Supplement Form - International students are required to complete the International Student Supplement Form.
  3. Official International Student Certification of Finances Form - Applicants are required to submit the original, signed International Student Certification of Finances Form.
  4. Official Bank Letter
    Provide a current original, official bank letter written in English, issued within the last three months showing available funds (in U.S. dollars) to cover the full estimated cost of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, board, books, health insurance, and all other expenses) for the duration of at least one year at Loyola. The estimated cost before any scholarships or financial aid are applied is $72,307. The original bank letter must be on bank stationery, signed by a bank official, and include the bank's contact information (scans and photocopies will not be accepted).

    The Official Bank Letter and Official International Student Certification of Finances should be mailed to the Office of International Student Services at the following address:

    Office of International Student Services
    Attn: Ms. Sunanda K. Bhatia
    4501 N. Charles Street, HU 141
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21210
    Phone: 410-617-5245

    Scans and photocopies of bank letters will not be accepted. The original, hard copy of the bank document must be mailed for the University to proceed with the issuance of immigration documents. In lieu of the student mailing the original bank document, an appropriate bank official can directly email the bank document (bank letter/statement) directly to oiss@loyola.edu, attention to Ms. Sunanda Bhatia. This electronic document will only be accepted by Loyola if it is received from the bank official's valid email address associated with the bank.

Once an international student is accepted to the University and all international student requirements have been completed and received, the Office of International Student Services will provide the student with login information to the OISS Electronic Portal in order to request the Form I-20. Then, the Form I-20 along with immigration and visa information will be mailed to the student. Upon receiving the Form I-20 package from Loyola, the student must pay a $350 USD SEVIS processing fee directly to the Department of Homeland Security. Information on the SEVIS fee will be mailed with the Form I-20.

After a student has received their admission letter, Form I-20, and SEVIS fee receipt, they will be able to schedule an F-1 via interview appointment with their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Canadian citizens are exempt from the visa interview process but are required to secure a Form I-20 from Loyola as well as to pay the SEVIS processing fee.

All international students are required to attend the New International Student Orientation, which occurs the week prior to the first day of classes.

Students already in F-1 student visa status

Admitted international students who have submitted their enrollment deposit and wish to maintain their F-1 student status must obtain a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) from Loyola’s Office of International Student Services (OISS). The Form I-20 is needed to transfer the student's SEVIS record from their current school to Loyola University Maryland.

To be eligible to receive a Loyola-issued Form I-20, admitted students who have committed to the University must provide the following:

  1. Passport Copy - International students must supply a photocopy of the biographical/photo page of their current, valid passport.
  2. Official International Student Supplement Form - International students are required to complete the International Student Supplement Form.
  3. Copy of student's current Form I-20
  4. Copy of student's current F-1 Visa
  5. Loyola University Maryland's SEVIS Transfer Form - Students are required to complete the SEVIS Transfer Form
  6. Official International Student Certification of Finances Form - Applicants are required to submit the original, signed International Student Certification of Finances Form.
  7. Official Bank Letter
    Provide a current original, official bank letter written in English, issued within the last three months showing available funds (in U.S. dollars) to cover the full estimated cost of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, board, books, health insurance, and all other expenses) for the duration of at least one year at Loyola. The estimated cost before any scholarships or financial aid are applied is $72,307. The original bank letter must be on bank stationery, signed by a bank official, and include the bank's contact information (scans and photocopies will not be accepted).

    The Official Bank Letter and Official International Student Certification of Finances should be mailed to the Office of International Student Services at the following address:

    Office of International Student Services
    Attn: Ms. Sunanda K. Bhatia
    4501 N. Charles Street, HU 141
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21210
    Phone: 410-617-5245

    Scans and photocopies of bank letters will not be accepted. The original, hard copy of the bank document must be mailed for the University to proceed with the issuance of immigration documents. In lieu of the student mailing the original bank document, an appropriate bank official can directly email the bank document (bank letter/statement) directly to oiss@loyola.edu, attention to Ms. Sunanda Bhatia. This electronic document will only be accepted by Loyola if it is received from the bank official's valid email address associated with the bank.

All international students are required to attend the New International Student Orientation, which occurs the week prior to the first day of classes.

Students currently in a visa status other than F-1

Student who are already on a visa, other than F-1, that allows full-time academic study will not be required to submit additional financial documentation, but should provide copies of the following:  

  1. Passport Copy - International students must supply a photocopy of the biographical/photo page of their current, valid passport.
  2. Copy of current U.S. Visa
  3. Copy of most recent electronic I-94 of US entry stamp
  4. If student is on a dependent visa, copy of primary visa holder's biographical information page in passport
  5. If student is on a dependent visa, copy of primary visa holder's current U.S. visa

Students who believe that they will need to change from their current visa to an F-1 student visa, please contact the Office of International Student Services to discuss your specific case.

For more information, visit the Office of International Student Services website or contact OISS via email or phone at oiss@loyola.edu or 1-410-617-5245.

2020-21 Estimated Costs

First-year on-campus cost of attendance

 Tuition  $49,700 
 Room & Board  $15,820 
 Comprehensive Fee  $1,400 
 Orientation Fee  $165 
 Student Health Insurance  $2,712
 Books & Supplies  $1,250 
 Personal & Misc. Expenses  $1,260 
 Total:  $72,307 

The estimated cost of attendance for the 2020-21 academic year is $72,307. Scholarships and grants may be counted towards the total cost—in other words, a student who received a $20,000 scholarship would need to show evidence of funding for $52,307 for the I-20 ($72,307 - $20,000 = $52,307).