Non-Academic Requirements for International Students
F-1 STUDENT VISAS
If you live overseas and have not yet applied for your visa, please submit your acceptance letter, a valid passport, evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee, proof of financial support, and the I-20 form to the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy to apply for the F-1 student visa. Please check the web page of the U.S. consulate http://usembassy.gov/ for any special local requirements. Do not attempt to enter the United States any earlier than 30 days before the report date in item 5 of your I-20. If you do, you may be rejected for entry into the U.S. and will have to return to your home country. The report date cannot be more than 30 days before your first day of class.
If there is a problem with the I-20, please contact the Office of International Affairs at I20@ttu.edu as soon as possible and before you depart for the United States.
All new and transfer students are encouraged to keep up with any new immigration information by going to the Office of International Affairs website at http://www.iaff.ttu.edu.
Within 15 days of your date of entry, you must report to the Office of International Affairs located on the Texas Tech University campus, attend GSBS orientation, and register for classes.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center does not refund the SEVIS fee.
F-1 TRANSFER STUDENTS
If you are transferring to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as an F-1 student from another U.S. institution, please notify your foreign student advisor or Designated School Official (DSO) at your current school of your intention to transfer. Your school will then release your SEVIS record. International Student Advisor’s form are available on the Office of International Affairs website at http://www.iaff.ttu.edu.
Any international student who intends to study at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center must understand that, if admitted, s/he is responsible for keeping themselves in status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice and for otherwise abiding by federal, state, and University laws and regulations. Disregard for any of the above is possible grounds for dismissal for the Health Sciences Center as well as whatever other penalties might be imposed under the terms of the respective laws.
In the case of prospective transfer students from other US institutions, the student is responsible for ensuring that s/he is in status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service prior to being enrolled at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.