Financial Document Requirements


Georgia Tech, including the Office of International Education (OIE), is closed December 24th - December 28th 2018, and January 1st 2019. OIE will be open on December 31st. OIE will reopen on January 2nd and ISSS will resume regular walk-in advising hours for all international students and scholars. Walk-in advising will be available on Wednesday, January 2 from 1pm- 4pm.

Last date for Fall 2018 International Students and Scholars walk-in advising:
Thursday, Dec. 20 from 1-4 p.m.

No International Students and Scholars walk-in advising available:
Friday, December 21 and Monday, December 31

If you are an international student or scholar with an emergency (not related to international student travel documents) that needs attention during the time the Institute is closed, please contact the Georgia Tech Campus Police at 404-894-2500. They will be able to connect you to the Dean of Students on duty.


OIE Financial Document Requirements

All financial documents MUST

  • show liquid assets that can be readily converted into cash if needed
  • show the date of issuance and be less than 6 months old at the time the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued
  • be written in English, or accompanied by official translation
  • clearly state the currency of funds

 


 
1) Financial Certification Form

In order to receive an I-20/DS-2019, all international students must download a financial certification form and submit the completed form with neccessary financial documentation of funding to the e-form in iStart. The forms that are incomplete or have insufficient funds will be denied.

 

2) Acceptable Types of Financial Documents
Bank letters/statements
  • Name of bank account holder
  • Total available balance (MUST BE HIGHLIGHTED)
  • Official letterhead and include the bank's name, address logo, and heading
  • Bank official's signature or stamp (NOT required for online statement)
  • Maturity date MUST be before the start of the semester if applicable
Loan Letters
  • MUST show student is approved or pre-approved for the loan
  • MUST clearly state the total approved/pre-approved amount
Awards/ grants/scholarship/ employer sponsor Letters
  • MUST clearly state what the scholarship includes, such as tuition, fees, books, and insurance. If includes a stipend, it must state the dollar amount per month or per year
Provident Fund Statement
  • Name of account holder
  • MUST clearly state the amount that can be withdrawn before the start date of classes. Just showing a total available balance is not sufficient.
Employment letters or Salary statement

 

 

  NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Thse types of funds are not considered as liquid assets.

Unliquid Investments 
Credit card statements
Real estate statements
Life insurance statements
Stock market statements
Valuation statements
Tax return documents

 

3) Sponsor Funds (i.e. Family/relative/friend/colleague/family friend)

If the student is not using a personal bank account in their name, sponsor verification is required. Please have your sponsor verify their sponsorship by signing under "Sponsor Verification" in the financial certification form. 

 

4) Dependents

If you have dependents who need a visa, you will be required to provide additional proof of funding for each dependent: $600 per month for a spouse and $400 per month for each child. 


 

HOW TO SUBMIT FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

1) New Students or Transfer Students
Incoming students who need an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Georgia Tech MUST WAIT to receive an email from info@oie.gatech.edu with a link to an e-form to upload a Financial Certification Form and Financial Documents in iStart.

***Office of Undergraduate Admissions will initiate this process for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
***Graduate Coordinators in academic departments will initiate this process for GRADUATE STUDENTS

2) New Scholars or Student Interns
New scholars or student interns will submit financial information to their host department, who will submit it to iStart. All communication regarding financial documents for new scholars or student interns will be done by the department. OIE can accept "Salary Statement" as proof of personal funding only for new scholars. 

3) Continuing Students
Instructions for submitting Financial Documents will be on the e-form that you submit through iStart. Be sure to read the information on the e-form to understand how to submit your financial documents.

If you are having trouble uploading your financial documents, please see OIE's Steps on Resolving E-Form PDF Upload Issues.