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Graduate International Student Admissions

Maintain Your Form I-20

F-1 students are required to always maintain a valid, accurate Form I-20. There are a number of cases in which a student should update the information on his or her Form I-20.

Official Change of Name

If you have officially changed your name, report the change to the graduate international student advisor.  Email notification to igs@uttyler.edu from your Patriot email account and request an updated Form I-20. Attach a copy of the ID page of your passport which shows your new name. An email will be sent within 3-5 business days notifying you that your updated Form I-20 is available to be collected. 

You must also notify the UT Tyler registrar of your name change by emailing enroll@uttyler.edu from your Patriot email account.  Attach a copy of the ID page of your passport which shows your new name. Doing so will ensure that all of your school records carry your official name.

Change of Finances

You may update the finances portion of your Form I-20 at any time. Email notification to igs@uttyler.edu from your Patriot email account and request an updated Form I-20. Attach a completed Financial Affidavit and proof of funds. See the Proof of Funds section below for the amount of funds needed for the I-20. An email will be sent within 3-5 business days notifying you that your updated Form I-20 is available to be collected. 

Adding Dependents

You may add dependents (spouse and/or children) to your Form I-20. Submit a completed Financial Affidavit and proof of finances showing sufficient funds for yourself plus $5,000 for a spouse and $3,000 for each child. See the Proof of Funds section below to determine the amount of funds needed for the Form I-20.

Contact the graduate international student advisor for more information regarding dependent issues, such as change of status or obtaining an F-2 visa.

Change of Major

If you change your academic program, you will need an updated Form I-20. After completing The Graduate School process for changing your academic program, email notification to igs@uttyler.edu from your Patriot email account and request an updated Form I-20. An email will be sent within 3-5 business days notifying you that your updated Form I-20 is available to be collected. 

Change of Level

If you fit in one of the following situations, you will need a new Form I-20 to maintain your F-1 status:

  • Changing educational level, for example, going from Master’s to Doctorate - You must receive a new Form I-20 within 30 days after classes begin in the semester of the new program.
  • Completing one degree and starting another - Apply for and receive a new Form I-20 within 60 days completing your current degree program. You must begin classes within five months of completing your current degree program. You may remain in US or travel out of country with the new Form I-20.
  • Completing post-completion OPT and starting a new degree - Apply for and receive a new Form I-20 within the 60-days grace period following your OPT end date. Please be aware that creation of the new Form I-20 ends any remaining OPT time you may have. Therefore, you will want to consult with the graduate international student advisor to ensure that your new Form I-20 is created after the last day you intend to participate in OPT employment.

To receive a change of level Form I-20, email your request to igs@uttyler.edu along with a completed Financial Affidavit and proof of funding. See the Proof of Funds section below for the amount of funds needed for a new Form I-20.

Processing times for change of level Forms I-20 vary. If the new educational level begins in a future semester, the Form I-20 will be issued after the current semester ends. If the new educational level has already begun, the processing time is five business days.

Extending the Form I-20 End Date: See Extension of Stay

Proof of Funds

A new Form I-20 requires proof of funds sufficient for one year of tuition and estimated expenses.

  • The funds can be from your personal accounts, UT Tyler, a family member and/or a sponsor.
  • Other than funds provided by the school, funds must be liquid and readily accessible; no stock, land titles, etc.
  • Financial statements must be recent, dated within the last six months. Copies and internet statements are acceptable.
  • Students who wish to include a scholarship or TA/RA funds on the new Form I-20 must provide a copy of the scholarship or TA/RA letter.

If you have questions about receiving a new Form I-20, please contact the graduate international student advisor.

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