Office of International Students and Scholars

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International Admission Process

The OISS will generate I-20 and/or DS-2019 for all international student and their dependents after receiving all forms and documents listed below:

  • URI Admission Letter
  • Copy of the biographical page in the applicant’s passport (and dependents when appropriate)
  • Original Marriage Certificate (when appropriate)
  • An e-mail confirming a reliable mailing address where the immigration documents may be mailed
  • Confirmation of the applicant’s overseas home address (needed for SEVIS record)
  • Proof of funding/financial responsibility

Visa Process


Immigration regulations require that all students admitted to a degree and/or exchange program demonstrate proof of possessing sufficient funds to cover the cost of their education and other expenses while in the United States. To comply with this regulation, prospective students must provide the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) with one of the documents listed below:

  • Notarized Bank letter or current bank statement listing the applicant’s name (no more than 30 days old from the day of issuance); or
  • URI award letter in the applicant’s name (scholarship, institutional grant, and/or assistantship), or
  • U.S. government, own government, or other agencies’ funding letter
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR), Click Here to download the form


On those instances when an international students has attended another American high school, college, or university, they will need to contact the Office of International Services at their current or previously attended school to request a transfer of their SEVIS record to the University of Rhode Island.

The University of Rhode Island cannot generate an I-20 (F-1 visa) or a DS-2019 (J-1 visa) form until the SEVIS record has been transferred by the current or previously attended school.  For detail information regarding this process, contact a Designated School Official (F-1) or a Responsible Officer (J-1) at your current or previously attended school in the United States.

Please Note

  • DO NOT submit the proof of funding before you have received a letter of admission from URI
  • DO NOT submit proof of funding that is more than 30 days old
  • SEND your proof of funding to the Office of International Students & Scholars
  • SUBMIT original funding documents and marriage certificate when requesting documents for dependents
  • SUBMIT all forms listed above to the Office of International Students & Scholars located at 37 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI, 02881.

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