OIE Financial Document Requirements
All financial documents must meet the following requirements:
- 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
|Awards/ grants/scholarship/ employer sponsor Letters|
|Provident Fund Statement|
|Employment letters or Salary statement|
Thse types of funds are not considered as liquid assets.
|Credit card statements|
|Real estate statements|
|Life insurance statements|
|Stock market 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.