Information Form For New (or returning) F-1 International Students

Your information cannot undergo initial processing until all mandatory fields in this form have been filled out and you have submitted the form. The information provided within the form must be identical to the information contained in the passport that you will be using to travel to the United States. Please note that if you are receiving financial aid, your award must be finalized before the I-20 can be issued - make sure that all your financial documents have been submitted.

I-20 Forms will begin to be mailed in May and will continue through the month of June. Please allow 10-14 days for processing, at which time, your I-20 form will be sent to the address indicated on your completed web form and the College will follow your preferred method of mailing (international airmail or FedEx). If the document is sent via FedEx, the College will provide you with a tracking number prior to the package being sent. Within the email with the tracking number, you will also be provided with your SEVIS identification number and the SEVIS institution number specific to the College. The SEVIS number is required to pay the fee and make a visa appointment at the embassy/consulate.

Please note that the College is required to enter the information you provide below into your SEVIS record (which will be accessible to U.S. government agencies and officials), unless otherwise noted.

Personal Information
Enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on the machine-readable section of your passport.
This field is for ISO use only.
Date of Birth: *
For the purposes of your SEVIS record and issuance of the I-20, your response must match your passport.
This field is for ISO use only. Please specify your pronouns, if you would like to do so. (Examples: he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, ze/hir/hirs, etc.)
(Identify all countries through which you hold citizenship; if you hold multiple citizenships, separate the countries by commas. For example: United Kingdom, Republic of Ghana)
(If you are a citizen of more than one country, specify which country's passport you will use for travel to the United States as a student)
Permanent Residential Home Country Address
Please enter your address in the manner typically used in your home country. 
Documents Mailing Address
Unless we are informed otherwise, your I-20 and other documents will be sent to the "Permanent Residential Home Country Address" you've provided above. If there is another, different mailing address to which you want your documents sent, please enter it below in the exact manner to be used for addressing mail to you.
Mailing Address Valid Until:
Further Information about Previous U.S. School
If you answered "Yes" to the previous question, provide the following information about the U.S. school you attended.
(In what visa status did you attend your previous U.S. school?)
(If you entered "Other" in the previous question, enter the visa status in which you attended school)
F-1 Status
If you attended a U.S. school in 2016-2017 in F-1 status, you must do the following:
SEVIS Transer Release Form
Download and submit a completed "SEVIS Transfer Release Form," which you can find here: https://www.amherst.edu/system/files/SEVIS%2520Transfer%2520Release%2520Form_2.pdf
Send Copies of Documents
Mail or fax legible photocopies of (1) your most recent F-1 visa from your passport; (2) all pages of all I-20AB Forms issued to you by that school, and, if you are currently in the U.S., (3) a copy of your current I-94.
Documents Mailing Address/Fax Number
Send document copies to the International Students Office, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, U.S.A.
Please note that financial forms should be submitted directly to the Office of Financial Aid (NOT the International Students Office). Be aware, though, that we cannot issue your I-20 form until all required documentation has been submitted and processed.
If you answered "yes," please indicate the date that you submitted the required forms to the Office of Financial Aid:
NOTE: We cannot issue your I-20 form until all required documentation has been submitted to the Office of Financial Aid (including the Certification of Finances form if you are not a recipient of financial aid).
(Check "Yes" if you will attend an educational program this summer in the U.S., prior to your enrollment at Amherst College; check "Maybe" if you are unsure.)
Further Information about Summer 2017 Educational Program in the U.S.
If you answered "Yes" or "Maybe," please provide the following information on the program.
Beginning Date:
End date:
Important Information about Mailing of Visa Documents
Ordinarily, I-20s and related documents are mailed via international airmail by late May, assuming the student has submitted all necessary information and financial documentation. Depending upon your location, mail delivery may take anywhere from one to three weeks. If you prefer a faster method of delivery, you may request express delivery service. If so, you incur the additional expense of the express delivery by authorizing a charge against your student account that must be paid in full upon your arrival at Amherst. If you need to have your documents delivered using a courier service but are concerned about the cost, please reach out to us in the International Students Office. 
Charging Your Student Account
Note that if you charge your student account to pay for express delivery of visa documents and fail to pay the amount due upon your arrival at Amherst College, you will be unable to complete course registration.
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