Graduate Admission

If you have been admitted by the Graduate School to Miami University and have confirmed your intent to enroll, congratulations! Please note that your visa document (I-20 or DS-2019) is not issued automatically upon admission. In order for International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), to issue your document, you must submit a complete request for an I-20 or DS-2019.

To submit your request

  1. Login to InterLink
  2. Click on the blue “Login” button in the “Full Services for Current Students & Scholars” box.
  3. Login with your Miami unique ID and password.
    • Unsure what your ID is? Recover your unique ID.
    • Forgot your password? Reset your password.
    • Once logged in, navigate to Admission and Orientation on the menu and select Graduate Admission I-20 or DS-2019 Request.
  4. Fill out the required information and submit.
    1. Biographical information and dependent information (if applicable)
      • Upload passport
    2. Proof of financial support.
      • Per U.S. regulations, in order to be eligible for a visa document, an admitted international student must provide proof of funding showing sufficient funding for at least one year of study in the U.S. at Miami University (for F-1 students) or for your entire program at Miami University (for J-1 students). The source of funding should be renewable. ISSS provides guidance on estimated costs for one year of study in our Expense Chart. Please note that estimated costs include tuition, fees, living expenses, and other required fees such as health insurance. You must also review the Financial Considerations for Graduate Students prior to submitting your request.
      • In the e-form, you must upload the Financial Support Form as well as evidence of how you will fund your studies. This may include:

        • Personal Funds: Please provide a bank statement or certificate of deposit.
        • Family Funds: Please provide a bank statement or certificate of deposit.
        • Graduate Assistantship: Please provide the official assistantship contract. This is issued by Miami University’s Academic Personnel office on Graduate School letterhead after your academic department submits your assistantship nomination. Note: Depending on your tuition waiver percentage and stipend amount, you may still need to provide additional proof of funding.
        • Grant in Aid or Fee Waiver: Please provide the official offer issued by the Graduate School on letterhead. IMPORTANT: While Grant in Aid and Fee Waivers provide some financial assistance, it will not meet all costs. You will need to provide additional proof of funding.
        • Government Sponsorship: Please provide the official offer on government letterhead. It should be recently issued and detail any conditions of sponsorship.
    3. Previous immigration history in the U.S.
    4. Your contact information

Once your request is approved by ISSS, your document and admission package will be express mailed to the address you provided. After you receive your document, please follow instructions for payment of the required SEVIS fee and application for your visa.

Important Deadlines

Because visa document issuance and visa application takes time, it is important to submit your Graduate Admission I-20 or DS-2019 request as early as possible.

  • If you have been admitted to a graduate program for fall semester, it is recommended that you submit your request as soon as you confirm admission and no later than June 15th.
  • If you have been admitted to a graduate program for spring semester, it is recommended that you submit your request as soon as you confirm admission and no later than November 15th.
  • If you have been admitted to the summer term ACE-G program, it is recommended that you submit your request no later than April 15th.

Change of Degree Level

If you are currently an enrolled student at Miami who will start a graduate or combined program, you still need to request a visa document for your new degree.

Follow the instructions and submit the same form as detailed above. However, there are some timing considerations. ISSS must receive and approve your request before:

  • The end of your grace period if you successfully completed your original degree program before or by your visa document expiration date
OR
  • The expiration of your current visa document if you will not complete your original degree program in time
AND
  • By the admission term and start of your graduate or combined degree.

As a result, ISSS strongly recommends that you consult with an advisor and submit your request as soon as you gain admission to your new graduate degree program or combined graduate degree program.