Learn about the process of getting an F1 Visa when you attend Chi University as an international student
Process for Degree-seeking Students attending Chi University on F-1 Student Visa
The below information provides a basic understanding of the F-1 Student process:
Step 1 - Receive admissions letter
Once the application for admissions is approved, the student will be provided with an official admissions letter and will be contacted via email with detailed explanation about what is needed for the I-20.
Step 2 - Request I-20
The initial email will direct the student to complete the “Request for I-20 - Certificate of Eligibility for nonimmigrant Student Status” form. Once the form is submitted Chi University will process the I-20.
Step 3 - Mail I-20
Once ready, the completed I-20 will be mailed to the student by express shipping. Students are responsible for all applicable shipping fees and will receive a tracking number once the I-20 is shipped.
Step 4 - Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee
Once the student has obtained the I-20 and admissions letter, the student must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and schedule the appointment with a US consulate or Embassy for the student Visa Application.
Step 5 - Make travel arrangements
Obtain Visa and make Travel arrangements
Step 6 - Arrive in the US
Arrive in the US no more than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on the I-20.
Step 7 - Check in with the Primary Designated School Official
Check in with the Primary Designated School Official within 30 days of arrival to the U.S. Students are required to provide the following documentation at check-in:
- Copy of I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt
- Copy of Visa
- Passport with Port of Entry Stamp
- I-94 showing your current date of entry
- Local US physical address
Chi University Primary Designated School Official Contact Info
Emma Sample, Registrar
1-800-860-1543 | 1-352-591-5385
Direct Extension: 410
Scholarship Opportunites for F-1 Students
Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (MSTCVM) Academic Research Scholarship
Chi University is excited to announce that we will offer an MS-TCVM Academic Research Scholarship (ARS) award to up to four international students valued at $50,000 to follow their dreams in pursuit of the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine degree.
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the MS-TCVM Academic Research Scholarship:
- Have applied and been accepted into the MS-TCVM program. The detailed information on general application submission can be found at https://chiu.edu/master/apply
- Have an interest in conducting scientific research in acupuncture or herbal medicine on-site at the Chi University campus
- Have been qualified as an eligible F-1 student by the University
In addition to steps1,2,3 above, please email the following to email@example.com
- 2 letters of recommendation from University professors
- a curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter (500 words) to explain why you want to apply for this scholarship and how it will help you to achieve your professional goals
Highlights of the Program
- International students who qualify are eligible for a 24-month F-1 student visa.
- During this 2-year training, you will be trained at the Bioscience Research Center (BRC) for 30 hours per week. At the same time students will complete all the required MSTCVM courses (most lectures online some labs on-site at Chi University). While there, you will design and conduct your thesis research under the direct supervision of a senior professor.
- International Students are eligible for an additional 12-Month Work Authorization with U.S. ICE Optional Practical Training (OPT).
- You will have lifetime access to TCVM case consultation.
- You will in addition have an option to earn any of the following globally-recognized CE veterinary certifications along with the MS-TCVM:
* Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA)
* Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH)
* Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner (CVTP)
* Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT)
* Certified TCVM Palliative and End-of-Life Practitioner CTPEP
Deadline to Submit the Application
- January 1 2024 (for Fall 2024 Start- Classes start August 29th, 2024)
- July 1 2024 (for Spring 2025 Start- classes start January 6th, 2025)
Selection and Notification of Scholarship Recipients
A scholarship committee will review all applications received after the
Application deadline, and based on the information submitted, eligible applicants
will be ranked. The six top ranked applicants will be selected as the scholarship
recipients (up to 3 winners each for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025).
Fall 2024 scholarship recipients will be notified on or prior to April 1, 2024.
Spring 2025 scholarship recipients will be notified on or prior to August 1, 2024.
The scholarship will be applied to the cost of tuition each semester and provide
the student a stipend for their living expenses of up to $2500 each semester.
Maintaining Eligibility for Scholarship
Recipients of the scholarship remain eligible while they are enrolled full time and maintaining satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree. In the event the student is granted a leave of absence, the scholarship is placed on hold until the student returns. Scholarship funds for tuition or stipend may not be distributed if the student is not actively attending classes.
In the event the student withdraws or is withdrawn any tuition refund due, in accordance with the Universities refund policy, will be returned to the scholarship program, and funds awarded and undistributed, returned to the scholarship fund for future scholarship recipients.
Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine CAU Scholarship
Chi University is excited to announce that we will offer an MS-TCVM China Agricultural University (CAU) Student Scholarship to students actively enrolled at CAU to follow their dreams in pursuit of the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine degree.
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the MS-TCVM CAU Scholarship:
- Enrolled student at China Agricultural University (CAU) Veterinary School
- Have applied and been accepted into the MS-TCVM program. The detailed information on application submission can be found at https://chiu.edu/master/tcvm
- Have been qualified as an eligible F-1 student by the University
In addition to complete the Admissions Application, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply:
- Proof of enrollment at CAU (examples include but not limited to: official transcripts, letter from Registrar’s office on school letter head, Tuition bill with the student’s name, Valid school ID etc.) with at least 3.0 GPA
- 1 letter of recommendation from a CAU university professor
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Cover letter (500 words) to explain why you want to apply for this scholarship and how it will help you to achieve your professional goals
Deadline to submit the application:
- January 1 2024 (for Fall 2024 enrollment)
- July 1 2024 (for Spring 2025 enrollment)
A scholarship committee will review all applications received after the application deadline, and based on the information submitted, eligible applicants will be selected and notified as the scholarship recipients.
A 50% scholarship of up to $11,480 will be awarded to the Scholarship winners. The scholarship will be applied directly to the cost of tuition each semester and will cover 50% of the F-1 tuition for eligible courses and some fees. A complete list of eligible courses and fees are as follows:
- MTM4710 Veterinary Acupuncture Level 1
- MTM4711 Veterinary Acupuncture Level 2
- MTM4712 Veterinary Acupuncture Level 3
- MTM4740 Veterinary Tui-na
- MTM4741 Advanced Veterinary Tui-na: Refinement
- MTM4751 Master Thesis I
- MTM4752 Master Thesis II
- MTM4760 TCVM Clerkship
- CVA Certification Fee
- CVTP Certification Fee
- International Student Admin Fee
- Graduation/Diploma Fee
Recipients of the scholarship remain eligible while they are enrolled full time and maintaining satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree. In the event the student is granted a leave of absence, the scholarship is placed on hold until the student returns. Scholarship funds for tuition may not be distributed if the student is not actively attending classes.
In the event the student withdraws or is withdrawn, and a refund is due; any portions of tuition covered by the scholarship will be returned to the scholarship program for future scholarship recipients. Any funds paid out-of-pocket by the student will be refunded in accordance with the University’s refund policy.
How do I apply for the F-1 Student Visa?
The F-1 student visa may only be obtained by filing an application in person with a U.S. Embassy Consulate in the Country where you hold permanent residence. To prepare for your visa interview, you should gather documentary evidence such as:
- Visa Application
- Proof of payment of all applicable fees, such as the I-901 fee and any other applicable visa application fees
- Color Photo
- I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility for nonimmigrant Student Status”
Additional Documentation that may be required:
- Academic preparations, such as transcripts, diplomas, or degrees earned from schools you attended
- Proof of Financial ability to support your studies and living expenses (original documentation, not photocopies), such as bank statements, scholarship award letter, etc.
- Proof of language proficiency to undertake the proposed program of study, such as TOEFL scores
- Proof you fully intend to return to your home country after completion of your studies such as; If your family owns property, take the deed. If you have taken a leave from a job or have the prospect of a job offer, obtain a letter from the company stating that your job will be held until you return or that people with the education that you are seeking are in demand in your country.
What should I know about entering the United States as a F-1 student?
You may enter the United States up to 30 days before your official program start date listed on your Form I-20. When you arrive at the U.S. port of entry, you will meet a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer who has the authority to admit or deny your entrance into the country. You must present the CBP officer with your Form I-20, as well as your valid visa and passport. It is also a good idea to have your acceptance letter, your evidence of financial support, and the name and telephone number of your DSO. Be sure to keep these documents and information in your carry-on luggage, as you will not be able to access any of your checked baggage until after you pass through the U.S. port of entry.
If CBP admits you into the country, they will give you an admission stamp in your passport and issue an electronic Form I-94, “Arrival and Departure Record.” The Form I-94 includes information about when you were admitted, what status you must maintain (F-1) and how long you can stay in the United States.
Can I extend my stay?
Foreign students in the United States with F visas must depart the United States within 60 days after the program end date listed on Form I-20, including any authorized practical training. Foreign students may request an extension through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, https://www.uscis.gov/visit-the-united-states/extend-your-stay
Do I need health insurance and immunization?
Answer: Yes, Chi University requires on-site F1 students to provide proof of health insurance and proof of immunization as follows:
1. Two MMR vaccines or a positive titer showing immunity
2. One Hepatitis B vaccine, a positive titer showing immunity, or a signed waiver declining the vaccine
3. One Meningitis MCV4 vaccine or a signed waiver declining the vaccine
4. TD and/or TDAP within the last 10 years.
5. Rabies requirement
6. Tuberculosis screening
Resources for F-1 Students
The below information contains some optional resources for F-1 students. Chi University is not responsible for the content of external websites. Students are responsible for conducting their own due diligence.
Social Security and Tax Information
Social Security Number Application
F-1 students who receive scholarship will have to apply for the SSN within first 2 weeks of the first semester (see below).
F-1 students who do not receive scholarship must have a job offer and an employment authorization before they are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN). You cannot apply for a SSN without a job and/or employment authorization. Students can apply to available on-campus jobs. The two main categories of work authorization for F-1 students are:
- On-campus employment (eligible immediately if available)
- Off-campus work authorization through Optional Practical Training (eligible after you receive MS degree from Chi University).
US Tax implications of F1 students who receive a full scholarship
Assistance in the form of housing stipend and living expenses is taxable income in the US. Wages paid to a student for work performed are also taxable in the US. Scholarships that cover the cost of tuition and books in whole or in part are not taxable in the US as long as the student is seeking a degree. If however the student is not seeking a degree, then the scholarship is likewise taxable in the US.
Please note the following information:
- F1 students who receive full scholarship should apply for a SSN support letter with the Chi DSO within 2 weeks of their 1 st semester starts. The students should apply for the SSN as soon as the SSN support letter is issued. Scholarship in the form of housing stipend and living expenses will NOT be issued until the students receive their SSN.
- Withholding of income at a rate of 14% mandated on all amounts paid to the student for monthly stipend or for wages. Withholding is likewise required for NONDEGREE students who receive a scholarship.
- Chi University will issue Form 1098-T and Form 1042-S to the student by February of the following year.
- Students will be required to prepare and file their own form 1040-NR income tax return for nonresidents by April 15th of that following year.
A list of documents to bring to the SSA office
The Social security office is located at 4562 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609. You will need to bring the following documents with you:
- Completed SSN Application Form online https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/.
- Valid Form I-20
- Valid Passport
- F-1 VISA (found in passport).
- Printout of current I-94 electronic record
- For those with on-campus employment, you will also take the above-mentioned employer letter and the SSN support letter from the Chi DSO.
Health Insurance Options for F-1 students
- International Student Protection (ISP): https://intlstudentprotection.com/schools/chi-university/
- IMG: https://www.imglobal.com/international-student-health-insurance
- International Student Insurance (ISI): https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/student-health-insurance/
US Driver's License
US Cell Phone
- Guide to Studying in the States: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/guide/f-1/f-1-postsecondary
- Study in the States Resources: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/resource-library?fieldaudiencevalue%5Bstudents%5D=students
- Find a US Embassy: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/students
- ICE-Student and Exchange Visitor Information: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/students
- SEVIS I-901 Fee: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): https://www.uscis.gov/