I-20 Information and Financial Requirements

What’s an I-20?

An I-20 is the name of an immigration document required to apply for an F-1 visa.  The I-20 is issued by an individual school in the US, and includes a summary of all relevant information for the school and student, including the dates you are anticipated to be enrolled in the degree program at that school and how you will cover the costs of your education in the US.

While an I-20 includes three pages, the first page has the information that is relevant for new students.  A sample I-20 can be found here: Sample I-20

ISSS will work with all admitted Graduate and Undergraduate international students on all matters related to the I-20. Students outside the US will receive a new I-20, and students already in the US will work with ISSS to transfer their existing I-20 to UMBC.

Required Documents for I-20 Processing

To make an I-20 for you, the school you have been admitted to must verify that you have been admitted; that your personal information is correct; and that you have adequate funding to cover the costs of your education in the US.

We will need to receive a copy of your valid passport, and proof of financial support.  Please click the appropriate link below to see our specific financial requirements:

2021-22 F-1 Financial Requirements

Financial Support Template

Requesting an I-20 in the ISSS Portal

Once admitted, you will receive an email from our office directing you to complete a New Student Request application. To do so please:

  1. Create and activate your myUMBC Account – please allow a minimum of 24 hours after account creation to log in to the ISSS Portal
  2. Log in to the ISSS Portal Homepage using your myUMBC username and password*
  3. Click the “Search Forms” button
  4. On the forms page, select “New F-1  Student Request”
  5. Select your term and click “Create” Your term is listed in your UMBC admission letter
    • Fall = August Start Date
    • Spring = January Start Date
    • Summer = June or July Start Date
  6. Review the “Instructions” section for required documents to submit
  7. Upload required documents in the “Attached Documents” section
    ** If you are receiving any kind of scholarship or Graduate Assistantship, be sure to upload a copy in this section to be included on your I-20 financial information! 
  8. Complete the “Dependent Request” and  “Student: Immigration Information” forms in the “Questionnaires” section.
  9. Transfer students ONLY: If you are already in the U.S. on an F-1 Visa, complete the “Recommendations” section
  10. Click the “Submit” button at the top of the page. Your application status will change from “Pending” to “Submitted – Under Review” if submitted correctly.
  11. Once you have submitted an application please allow 3 business days for review. At that time, you will receive an email with your signed I-20 and instructions on next steps


For step by step screenshots of the process, click here: I-20 Request Tutorial

Activate your myUMBC Account:

You cannot use the ISSS Portal to request an I-20 until 24 hours after you have fully activated your myUMBC account. Instructions on activating your account are below:

– Visit UMBC WebAdmin

– Click “Create My Account” — you will need your date of birth and UMBC Campus ID (format: AB12345)


Note on Health Insurance

F-1 students at UMBC are required to be enrolled in a US Health Insurance plan.  All F-1 UMBC students are automatically enrolled in UMBC’s Health Insurance plan upon registration each semester.  Please plan for these expenses as noted in the information above.  For more information on UMBC’s Health Insurance plan, and the requirements to try to waive this plan and use another US plan, please review the information here.