Here are a few additional steps for admitted and deposited students before joining Merrimack as an international student.
The most typical visa for Merrimack students is an F-1 Visa. If you will need an F-1 Visa to attend Merrimack, you will first receive an I-20 form from Merrimack, and then schedule an appointment with the U.S. Consulate in your country.
Step 1. Complete your I-20 requirements
In addition to your deposit, we must have a copy of the following items before an I-20 can be issued:
- copy of your passport
- official, notarized financial documentation. Notarized financial documentation can come from family sources, international scholarship agencies or government sponsors, and should certify that funds are on deposit/available to meet costs for one academic year of study.
- Declaration of finances form.
To transfer from a U.S. school to Merrimack College
If you’ve already provided these documents to us – thank you! Your I-20 will be generated upon receipt of your deposit.
- please notify your current school of the intent to transfer
- submit a Merrimack College SEVIS Transfer Form
Upon notification, your current school will update your record in Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) as a “transfer out” and a release date. After the release date, Merrimack College will complete the transfer of your record in SEVIS and issue a new I-20.
Step 2. We’ll send you your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)
You will need this to obtain a student visa.
Step 3. Make an appointment with the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy referencing the number on your I-20
Note: Canadian citizens do not need visas to study in the U.S. However, Canadian students do need to obtain an I-20.
Step 4. Pay SEVIS fee
Pay I-901 SEVIS fee. Be sure to keep a copy of your receipt.
Step 5. Connect with International Student Support (ISS) Office
Connect with our ISS office for pre-arrival programming and meet & greets, where you will learn what to expect during your travels, what to pack, and understand the resources available to you as an international student. Email email@example.com with your questions and visit the new student section of the ISS website for dates and orientation information.