Next Steps for Newly Accepted International Students

Complete the I-20 application and submit it to the International Student Advisor along with copies of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 card
  • Current and prior I-20 forms
  • Social Security card (if you have one)

Financial Statement

Complete the Foreign Student Financial statement and submit it to the International Student Advisor, along with supporting financial documentation, such as a bank statement which provides evidence of your income or finances. (If you are in a PhD program, and will be receiving a graduate assistantship, it is not necessary to complete this form.)

Health Insurance

Be aware that you are required to have health insurance and medical/security evacuation and repatriation insurance as an international student by orientation.

Find information about International Student Insurance


SEVIS: Transfer In Form PDF document

To Be Completed by F-1 students who have been accepted to SUNY Upstate Medical University and are already studying on an F-1 visa at another US university.

If you have difficulty accessing these PDF files, please contact our office: Phone: 315 464-4604.

If you already have a student visa, and are currently studying in the United States, please complete the SEVIS Transfer form, and also contact the International Student Advisor at your prior school to arrange for your SEVIS record to be transferred to SUNY Upstate. The SEVIS record will be electronically transferred by your prior school and will be available to
SUNY Upstate effective on the date that it is released from the prior institution.


Once the International Student Advisor has determined that you have sufficient finances to pay for your tuition and living expenses, you will be issued an I-20 form, which is a certificate of eligibility document, that you will carry with you at the U.S. consulate in your home country to show that you are eligible and approved to apply for an F-1 visa.

Join Us at Orientation

You will be expected to attend the International Student orientation meeting in the fall to learn how to maintain your legal F-1 student status.