In accordance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SEVP Student Process,
newly admitted students who are not citizens or residents of the U.S. seeking F-1 (Student) Visa status must request for a UCLA Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Status)
and apply for an F-1 Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before traveling to the U.S. to begin their degree program.
To request for a UCLA I-20, you must first submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to confirm acceptance of your admission to UCLA. Once you have submitted your SIR, you will be emailed with instructions on how to request for a UCLA I-20 online.
After you receive your UCLA I-20, please remember to pay the mandatory, one-time SEVIS I-901 Fee online here. Print a copy of your SEVIS fee payment receipt and have it with you when applying for your F-1 Visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate and when entering the U.S.
Apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. Only schedule a visa appointment after you receive your UCLA I-20. The SEVIS ID Number on your UCLA
I-20 is required to schedule a visa appointment. For more information regarding visa application requirements and to schedule a visa interview,
please visit travel.state.gov
You may enter the U.S. with your F-1 Visa and UCLA I-20 up to (but no earlier than) 30 days before the start date indicated on your UCLA I-20.
iSTART@UCLA is programs that assist international students transition to their new life at UCLA and in Los Angeles. Required components of iSTART are the Visa Check-In and the DCISS Online Pre-Arrival Orientation which include the following modules:
Getting Started at UCLA, Getting Started in L.A., Cultural Adjustment, F-1 Visa Workshop, and Academic Integrity Workshop.
Please Note: If you do not complete the mandatory components of iSTART, a HOLD will become effective your student record which will affect your course enrollment, eligibility to receive services from DCISS and University resources.
Failure to timely complete your check-in requirement will also result in severe consequences for your visa status within the U.S.