International Student Information

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.

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 with your questions and visit the new student section of the ISS website for dates and orientation information.