Apply for your UT Dallas I-20

Apply for your Form I-20

A Form I-20 is required by the U.S. Department of State as a part of an F-1 visa application. It is issued by each university or college who admits you as a potential student in the United States. If you receive I-20s from more than one school, you will have to choose which school you will attend prior to the visa interview and supply that document to the visa officer.To be eligible for a UT Dallas I-20:

  • Students transferring their SEVIS record to UT Dallas from another U.S. college or university have additional requirements. See F-1 Transfer In to UT Dallas.
  • Check your UT Dallas Email in three business days. Follow the instructions for I-20 mailing. If there is no email within three business days, contact the ISSO at [email protected].
  • Review the Receiving Your UT Dallas I-20 instructional video for specific requirements.

Receive your Form I-20

Regular Mail Option

Your UT Dallas  I-20 will be sent to you by U.S. standard mail to the “SEVIS-Foreign” address listed in the UT Dallas Galaxy system unless you send a different address to the ISSO.  Please note that U.S. standard mail takes 4-6 weeks for delivery, and the I-20 does not have a tracking number.

Express Mail Option

At any time, you may request that we mail a duplicate of your admission letter and I-20 by Express Mail.  If you choose this option, you will be responsible to pay the cost of shipping.  Please follow the instructions listed on the ISSO Express Mail webpage.

Preparing for Your Visa Interview

Below is important information that you will need when applying for an F-1 visa

  • UT Dallas’ school code: DAL214F00379000
  • How to pay the mandatory SEVIS I-901 Fee

Additional information on documents for the visa application may be found at

SEVIS I-901 Fee

As a part of an F-1 or J-1 visa application, students are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The I-901 fee is in addition to the consular visa fee and is non-refundable. Bring a copy of your payment receipt to your visa interview with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy, as your visa application will be denied if the I-901 fee has not been paid.

Canadian students do not need F-1 visas in order to enter the U.S. to study, but they are still subject to the SEVIS I-901 fee. You must make the payment prior to arriving at the port of entry. Proof of payment will be required.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website includes information on I-901 payment options, refunds, payment status verification, requirements for the I-901 fee, and frequently asked questions.

You can pay the I-901 SEVIS fee through the following methods:

  • By mail: You can submit the I-901 form and a check or money order that has been drawn from a U.S. bank and is payable in U.S. dollars. Many foreign banks are able to issue checks drawn from a U.S. bank or foreign subsidiaries of a U.S. bank.) A receipt will be mailed to the address listed on the I-901.
  • Online: You can submit the I-901 form online and make the payment using a credit card. A receipt will also be mailed to the address listed on the I-901 form. If you decide to pay via Internet, we strongly suggest that you print a copy of the payment confirmation and keep it with your immigration documents.
  • In person through the Western Union Quick Pay service: It is imperative that you read the instructions for this payment option and bring a printed copy of the instructions and the sample of the completed Western Union form to the Western Union Agent in order to correctly process your payment.

A narrated video tutorial, available on Study in the States, walks students and exchange visitors through the steps of paying the I-901 SEVIS fee.

DHS Arrival Reporting Requirement

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all F-1 students to maintain their F-1 record through a number of reporting procedures throughout the course of their F-1 status.  Reporting your arrival is a DHS requirement.
Newly admitted F-1 students must complete the arrival reporting requirement to activate their SEVIS record and notify DHS of their arrival.

To meet your arrival reporting requirement you must complete the following by the Census Day of your first semester at UT Dallas. The ISSO will facilitate reporting your arrival to DHS and activating your SEVIS record.

Not meeting your arrival reporting requirement by the Census Day can negatively impact your F-1 status.