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F-1 Visa - SPCS, Law, and MBA Students

International students who have been accepted to a certificate or degree program in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, School of Law, or Robins School of Business MBA or mini-MBA, should complete an I-20 authorization form and one of the following as proof of adequate finances:

  • Certification of Finances form (certified with an official bank stamp) for the relevant program
  • A letter from a financial institution signed by a bank officer on official stationery stating total amount of funds in U.S. dollars available to the graduate student during the first year of their graduate program.
  • A bank statement belonging to a student's parent, guardian, or relative showing the current and average balances of the account, accompanied by a letter from the account owner verifying the amount available to the student during the first year of their graduate program. This letter must state the student's full name as it appears on their passport as well as the student's date of birth. All amounts must be converted into U.S. dollars.
  • A bank statement belonging to the graduate student showing the current and average balances of the account. This statement must include information that identifies the student as the account owner. All amounts must be converted into U.S. dollars.
  • An I-134 Affidavit of Support if the student is being sponsored by a non-family member. Two originals should be completed. One original should be mailed to the Office of International Education (OIE) and the other original should be provided to the U.S. consulate for the visa application. Learn more about the responsibilities of sponsoring an immigrant.

The University can process an I-20 form upon receipt of a faxed copy of the appropriate financial documents, but original documents must also be mailed to the Office of International Education. Students should have a second original to submit as part of their student visa application at the U.S. consulate in their home country.

Please scan and email all forms to konsanit@richmond.edu, fax to +1 (804) 289-8904 or mail to:

Krittika Onsanit
Director of International Student & Scholar Services
Office of International Education
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

F-1 students who are currently in the U.S. and wish to transfer their status to Richmond must also read the instructions on the transfer student website and complete the F-1/J-1 Transfer Request Form on that website.

Spouse and Dependent Children

The spouse and dependent children of an F-1 graduate student are eligible for F-2 visa status. Learn more about requirements for spouse and dependents of F-1 visa holders.

Questions about visas and immigration?

Contact Krittika Onsanit, director of international student services, to discuss issues related to immigration, or learn more about visas from the U.S. Department of State.