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How to Get Your Form I-20
The information on the following pages carefully explains how to get your child(ren) a Form I-20. Please read it and
follow the directions completely to avoid delays in getting an I-20.
What is a Form I-20 and why does your child need one?
A Form I-20 is a government form that tells the U.S. government that your child is eligible for F-1 Student Status.
It certifies that (1) your child is or expects to be a “bona fide” student; (2) your child meets our admissions
requirements; (3) your child will pursue a full course of study; (4) you proved to us that your child has enough money
to study and live in the U.S. without working illegally or suffering from poverty.
Your child needs a Form I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa or status, or to keep lawful F-1 status when transferring
or changing schools within the U.S.
Does everybody need a Form I-20?
No, some international students do not need I-20s. J-1 students need a Form DS-2019. B Visitors and F-2
dependents must obtain an I-20 and apply for a change of status to F-1 student to pursue a course of study that is
not a vocational or recreational in nature. If your child is maintaining another nonimmigrant status in the U.S., your
child does not have to have an I-20 and may attend school full- or part- time. Dependent children in E, H, I, J, L, M, N,
O, P, R or S status need to change status after their 21st birthday or if they marry. If your child has no legal status,
your child may attend school but they are not eligible to change status and do not need an I-20.
Now that you are planning to send your child to school in the U.S. there are two things you
cannot do:
1. DO NOT ENTER THE U.S. WITH A B-1, B-2 OR B-1/2 VISA
a. If your child uses a B visa to enter the U.S. this is saying, “I’m here as a visitor” only. Since your
family contacted our school about study, this would be viewed as a “fraudulent entry” and your
child could be refused permission to stay longer than six months or to extend or change your
status. B visitors are prohibited by U.S. law from pursuing a course of study prior to obtaining a
change of status to F-1 student.
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If your child’s study plans are not certain and your family would like to enter the U.S. to visit schools,
you must explain this in your child’s visa application and ask the visa officer for a B-2 visa with the words
“Prospective Student” noted on it or have the words added to their B visa if they already have one.
2. DO NOT ENTER THE U.S. WITHOUT A VISA (Unless you are Canadian)
a. If your family is from a country from which you can enter the U.S. as a visitor by showing a round
trip airline ticket, do not do this. If your child enters without a visa, they will be permitted to stay
for only 90 days. Your child will not be given more time or allowed to change to student status.
These are the rules for getting your child a Form I-20
1. YOUR CHILD MUST BE A “BONA FIDE” STUDENT, accepted to a full-time program of study.
2. YOU MUST PROVE TO US THAT YOUR FAMILY CAN SUPPORT THE COSTS of living and studying in the
U.S. for every year of your child’s program of study. U.S. law required this.
a. DO NOT EXPECT THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABLE TO WORK IN THE U.S. TO HELP MEET THEIR
ANNUAL COSTS! Academy at the Lakes does not offer on-campus employment. Off-campus
employment is strictly controlled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
b. Carefully review our school’s “estimated annual financial requirements for international
students” on page 5 and figure out your child’s annual costs in the workbox on page 6. This is the
amount that you must prove that your family can support your child for every year in their
program of study.
c. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE. They represent a modest average budget that
does not include luxuries of any kind. We strongly recommend that you budget at least 10%
more if possible. We insist that students and their families look closely at the costs of living and
studying in the U.S. and make careful plans to be sure your child’s needs will be met.
d. EXPECT ANNUAL INCREASES in tuition and living costs of approximately 10%.
3. READ AND FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY. YOUR CHILD CANNOT
COMPLETE THIS PROCESS WITHOUT FOLLOWING THEM STEP-BY-STEP. Sometimes, we may have to ask
you to give us more evidence of your financial ability- perhaps more than once. The U.S. government
requires that we be absolutely sure, to the best of our ability, that your child will have enough financial
support to cover the full costs of your child’s stay in the U.S.
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Sources of Financial Support
YOUR CHILD’S FINANCIAL SUPPORT CAN COME FROM ANY COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING SOURCES IN THE
U.S. OR ABROAD:
1. FUNDS FROM “SPONSORS” (parents, relatives, friends, organizations). Your child may have as many sponsors
as they need. Sponsors may provide your child with support in the form of cash and/or room and board. Free
room and board is when your child lives with someone and doesn’t have to pay for room or food.
WARNING #1: It is highly recommended that at least part of your child’s financial support come from their home
country. This is important for getting your child’s student visa.
WARNING #2: A sponsor should promise only as much money as he or she is able to give your child. Some
sponsors believe that the more money they promise to give the easier it will be to get an I-20. The most common
reason for rejection of financial documents is that we do not believe the sponsor can afford to give as much as
promised. A sponsor should promise only what he or she intends to give and only as much as can be afforded.
2. PERSONAL FUNDS that come from the child’s own resources. Unless your child has enough cash to support
themselves for their entire program of study or can provide other sources of personal income, your child will
need a sponsor (such as their parents or relatives) with an income sufficient to support your child.
3. FUNDS FROM THE SCHOOL such as, a scholarship, assistantship, or fellowship. Academy at the Lakes does
not currently offer scholarships or financial assistance for international students.
Documentary Evidence Requirements
Complete the application for the Form I-20 (attached) and submit it with all the necessary evidence of financial
capability directly to the admissions office by mail or fax. We strongly recommend that you do this at the same time
as your child is applying for admissions to Academy at the Lakes. That way, once your child is accepted, your child’s
form I-20 can be issued quickly.
All documents you give us must be:
1. Less than two months old.
2. In English (we cannot review documents that are not in English)
3. Photocopies or faxes, not originals. Your child will need the originals of all the documents you have sent us
to take to the American Embassy when we send you your child’s I-20.
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Evidence Required:
SPONSORS OF CASH SUPPORT
1. AFFIDAVIT OF ANNUAL CASH SUPPORT. This form may be photocopied for each sponsor. All questions must
be answered. The form must be notarized.
2. PROOF OF INCOME.
a. Individual Sponsor (any of the following):
 Income tax returns or receipts with most recent pay stub, or
 Pay stubs for last six months, or
 Bank/investment statements for the last six months
b. Company Sponsor
 Submit tax returns and business registration and licenses.
WARNING #3: If there is no proof of income provided with a bank statement, the statement balance will be
totaled and divided by the number of years in your child’s program of study to determine the amount
available to your child for each year.
WARNING #4: The income of a company is not the income of the owner of the business and will not be
accepted as proof of income. The owner/sponsor must still provide proof of income as well as the business
registration and licenses.
3. BANK STATEMENT in the name of the sponsor only. A monthly statement of balances and deposits.
WARNING #5: If a bank statement is in the name of more than one person, each individual must submit an
affidavit of support.
WARNING #6: We cannot accept bank statements that do not specify monthly balances and deposits!
4. SPONSORS OF FREE ROOM AND BOARD:
a. AFFIDAVIT (notarized) OF FREE ROOM AND BOARD
b. PROOF OF INCOME (any of the following):
 Income tax returns or receipts with most recent pay stub, or
 Pay stubs for last six months, or
 Bank/investment statements for the last six months
c. PHOTOCOPY OF LEASE, DEED, RENT RECEIPTS, OR PHONE BILL
WARNING #6: If your child is presently in the U.S. your child must be living with the sponsor at the time of
filing this application for this to be counted towards your means of support.
4. PERSONAL FUNDS:
BANK/ASSET STATEMENT in your child’s name. A monthly statement of balances and deposits.
5. SCHOOL FUNDS:
COPY OF YOUR AWARD LETTER OR CONTRACT stating exactly what your child will be receiving and for how
long.
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ANNUAL FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR (Estimated)
Tuition and School Fees
2016-17 Academic Year
Tuition and Tuition Insurance Schedule
Tuition Rate
Additional Fees:
One payment due in full
Tuition Insurance (Optional)
Tuition
Tech/Textbook
Rental Fee
Activities Fee
Matriculation Fee
*includes consumable materials
(New Students Only)
International
Student Fee
Insurance
Kindergarten
$12,720
$382
$350
$350
$500
$1,000
Lower Division (1st-4th)
$14,810
$444
$350
$350
$500
$1,000
Middle Division (5th-8th)
$17,310
$519
$650
$450
$500
$1,000
$21,190
$636
$650
$550
$500
$1,000
th
th
Upper Division (9 -12 )
ENTER YOUR TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUAL COSTS FOR TUITION AND FEES. $___________
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Living Costs
Average living costs for a 12-month year are estimated below. This is a modest, “no extras” budget. It does not
include such items as telephone calls, for example. It is highly recommended that your child bring at least 10% more.
HOUSING AND UTILITIES:
This is based on the average cost of a shared room in a private home.
$9,500
FOOD
$5,000
PERSONAL ITEMS AND CLOTHING
$3,500
TRANSPORTATION
$2,000
This includes local transportation only. Travel to and from your child’s country or the costs of owning a car are
additional expenses.
TOTAL:
$20,000
Your Estimated Annual Costs
TUITION AND FEES (Enter the amount from the other side):
__________
LIVING COSTS ($20,000):
__________
TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUAL COSTS:
__________
Expect Annual Increases of Approximately 10% in Expenses
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APPLICATION FOR A FORM I-20
PART I:
You Child’s Personal Information
1. Gender:  Male Female (Please check one)
Family/Last Name
First Name
Middle Name
Use name in passport: Your child must attach a photocopy of your passport’s identification pages to this application!
2. Permanent address in home country
Number and Street
City, State, Province
Postal Code
Country
3. Address in the United States (if known)
Number and Street
City
State
Zip Code
4. Date of Birth: Month _____ Day _____ Year _____
5. Country of Citizenship: ________________________
6. Country of Permanent Residence: _________________________________
7. Has your child been notified of their admission to Academy at the Lakes? YesNo
a. Please note that your child’s Form I-20 cannot be issued until your child is accepted.
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PART II:
If your child is in the United States, now, complete this section.
If not, continue to Part III
What is your child’s Immigration Status?
Your child may attend school regardless of their Immigration Status.
F-1
What is your SEVIS ID Number? N
What is the purpose of your requested Form I-20? (Check One)
 School Transfer
 Change of educational level at Academy at the Lakes
 Reinstatement to F-1 status
 Another Status*
Which one?
*Before we issue a Form I-20, we want to advise you. Please make an appointment with the Admissions Office.
Does your child plan to travel outside the U.S. before school starts?
Yes
No
Tell us how your child would like to receive their I-20 in Part III
If your child is F-1, they will receive a school transfer form or other instructions. If your child
holds another status, we must meet with you before issuing your child’s Form I-20.
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PART III:
If your child is NOT in the U.S. now, complete this section.
DID YOUR CHILD RECENTLY ATTEND SCHOOL IN THE U.S. IN F-1 STUDENT STATUS?
No
Yes
If yes, what was the last date of their attendance? _______________
If your child attended a U.S. school last term and is just home on holiday between academic terms, your child is
considered a “School Transfer” and needs to have their record transferred to us before a Form I-20 may be issued.
Please ask us for a “Transfer-In” Application. Also, contact your child’s international student advisor at their previous
school immediately to authorize the release of your child’s record to us.
HOW DO YOU PREFER TO RECEIVE YOUR CHILD’S FORM I-20?
 Mail it to me: Your child’s Form I-20 will be sent standard airmail to the name and address you indicate
in the address box below. If you need express delivery service, you should request someone in the U.S. to
pick it up and send it to you. If that isn’t possible, please contact our office.
PRINT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS IN ENGLISH, EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD APPEAR ON THE ENVELOPE.
Complete Name:
Street 1:
Street 2:
City, State, Province:
Postal Code, Country:
Phone Number:
 HOLD for pick-up by:
Name:
Phone:
Email:
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PART IV: Your Statement of Financial Support
Do not complete this part until you have carefully read all instructions!
What level of education will your child be pursuing?
Primary/High School Diploma/Other
What are your annual costs from the Workbox on page 6
Total Estimate Annual Costs:
How will your child support themself for every year of their program of study? Please check
off your child’s means of support below and indicate how much will be provided or
available to your child every year:
Source of Support
Annual Amount
Student's Personal Funds: The amount available to the student from
their own resources every year is (divide by number of years in your child’s
program)
Funds from Academy at the Lakes: renewable every year
Type:________________________________________
Cash Funds from a Sponsor: to be given to your child every year
Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________
Cash Funds from a Sponsor: to be given to your child every year
Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________
Cash Funds from a Sponsor: to be given to your child every year
Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________
Free Room and Board from a Sponsor: with whom your child will live
Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________
Total amount available to your child for every year of study. This
amount must be the same or more than your minimum annual costs.
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
The following documents are enclosed to prove your child’s financial responsibility:
Your child’s personal documents
Funds from Academy at the Lakes

Bank/asset documents
Proof of income
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Award letter
Copy of Enrollment Agreement
Cash Sponsor’s documents:
Free Room and Board Sponsor’s Documents:
I understand that all three types of documents MUST be
attached.
(attach all three)
Affidavit of Support
Proof of Income
Bank Statement
Affidavit of Support
Proof of Income
Lease, deed, rent receipts, phone bill
(that is, proof of residence)
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Sponsor’s Affidavit of Annual Cash Support and Proof of Financial Capability
What does this affidavit mean?
By completing this affidavit, you are swearing to the U.S. government that you will provide this student with a
specific amount of money from your own financial recourses for every year he or she is going to study at Academy at
the Lakes and live in the U.S. You are also proving that you can afford the support you are promising with the
documents you have attached.
Before signing it, you must understand that you are making a financial commitment to the student that should not be
broken. Sponsors who fail to provide the promised support force student to drop out of school and cause pain and
suffering. Do not expect that the student will be able to help support the costs through employment. Employment is
strictly controlled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and is very limited.
How to Complete this Form:
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Fill this form out completely in English. Promise only the amount of money you are able to give. The most
common reason we reject affidavits is that we do not believe a sponsor can afford to give as much as
promised.
Attach the documentary evidence of support explained below.
Sign and date the affidavit
Prove that you are financially capable of providing this cash support for every year of the student’s
program by attaching all the following documents. Documents must be: photocopies or faxes; current (less
than two months old); in English, and notarized.
Your financial support will not be considered if any documents are missing.
PROOF OF INCOME (any of the following)
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Income tax returns or receipts with most recent pay stub, or
Pay stubs for last six months, or
Bank/investment statements for the last six months
BANK STATEMENT in your name only. A monthly statement of balances and deposits.

If another person’s name appears on your bank statement, that person must complete a separate affidavit or
submit a notarized statement permitting those funds to be considered as financial support for the student.
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Affidavit of Financial Support
I,
promise that I can and will give
My Name
no less than U.S. $
in cash
Full Name of student
(including annual cost of living increases on this amount) for EVERY YEAR of the student’s program of study at
Academy at the Lakes.
My relationship to the student is:
Parent, Grandparent, Uncle, Aunt, Guardian, brother/sister, friend, etc.
My address is:
Telephone:
Fax:
Email:
The following persons are fully or partially dependent upon me for their support.
(Do not include the student named above).
Name
Relationship to me
Age
Name
Relationship to me
Age
Name of my employer:
Annual salary:
(USD) Other income:
My proof of income and bank statements are attached: Yes
(USD)
No
I swear that the information I have provided above is true and correct
Signature of Sponsor
Date
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SPONSOR’S AFFIDAVIT OF FREE ROOM AND BOARD
AND PROOF OF FINANCIAL CAPABILITY
What does this affidavit mean?
By completing this affidavit, you are swearing to the U.S. government that this student will live with you free of any
charge for room and food for every year he or she is studying and living in the U.S. (The student cannot be required
to provide you with any services such as, babysitting, cleaning, etc., in exchange for room and board, as that is
employment). You are also proving that you are the person who owns or rents the property and can afford the
support you are promising with the documents you have attached.
Before signing it, you must understand that you are making a financial commitment to the student that should not be
broken. Sponsors who fail to provide the promised support force students to drop out of school and cause pain and
suffering. Do not expect that the student will be able to help support the costs through employment. Employment is
strictly controlled by the Immigration Service and very limited.
How to complete this form:
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Fill this form out completely in English.
Attach the documentary evidence of support as explained below.
Sign and date the affidavit
Prove that you are financially capable of providing this support for every year of the student’s program by
attaching all the documents listed below. Documents must be: photocopies or faxes; current(less than two
months old); in English, and notarized.
Your support will not be considered if any documents are missing.
Proof of Income (any of the following)
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Income tax returns or receipts wit most recent pay stub, or
Pay stubs for last six months, or
Bank/investment statements for the last six months
Bank Statement in your name only. A monthly statement of balances and deposits.
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If another person’s name appears on your bank statement, that person must complete a separate affidavit or
submit a notarized statement permitting those funds to be considered as financial support for the student.
PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR DEED, LEASE CURRENT RENT RECIPTS OR CURRENT PHONE BILL to prove
that you are the person who owns or rents the property.
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THIS IS MY SWORN PROMISE OF FREE ROOM AND BOARD
I, __________________________________________________________________, promise that for each year
Sponsor’s Name
of his/her study,
,will live free of any charge with me in my home at
Full name of student
Number, Street
City
State
Zip
Phone: ____________________________________________
I own this property
I rent this property
If the student is presently in the U.S., do they currently live with you?
Yes
No
I will not require any type of service to be performed in exchange for this benefit.
My relationship with the student is _______________________________________________________________
Parent, spouse, brother/sister, friend, other
My proof of income and deed or lease is attached:  Yes No
I swear that the information I have provided above is true and correct.
Signature of Sponsor
Today’s Date
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