Immigration Document Process

In order for International Affairs (I.A.) to issue you an I-20/DS-2019 from Missouri S&T, you must provide a financial statement that demonstrates you have sufficient funds to cover living and educational expenses for full-time study. Please refer to the financial statement requirements listed below for what must be included on the statement.

You will be required to provide a financial statement to meet the required I-20/DS-2019 cost of attendance for a minimum nine-month period, as listed here. The total amount listed for each degree type includes educational fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal needs, and health insurance. Please note that health insurance is mandatory for all international students, and your admission to Missouri S&T is contingent upon your purchase of this mandatory insurance policy. For more information, see Health Insurance.

Note that financial statements are not required as part of the S&T application process, but upon admission you must submit the financial statement to be issued your I-20 or DS-2019 which is required to apply for a F-1 or J-1 student visa. 

In order for I.A. to issue your immigration documents you must upload the following documents to your application status page

  • Completed Missouri S&T's ‌Financial Support Form or notarized Affidavit of Support 
  • Financial support documents from you or your sponsor(s) indicating the required funds are available or a financial guarantee letter, if you will be sponsored by your home government or employer. To check the funds required click here
  • Copy of passport identification page with photograph 

Once your documents have been uploaded to your application status page and verified by International Affairs, your I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued. Your immigration documents and welcome packet will be mailed to the address listed on your application. You will also receive an email with the FedEx tracking number of the package and your SEVIS ID number.

  • Financial Support Documents
  • Financial Guarantee for Sponsored Students
  • Affidavit of Support

Financial Support Documents

Bank Statement

Please submit a financial statement in English on the financial institution's stationary with the following:

  • Name on the account (personal account)
  • Type of account (checking, savings or deposit account)
  • Amount in the account
    • Acceptable wording of the financial statement is:
    "[Student's name, or mother or father] has been a customer of [Bank Name] for [Number of years].  [He or She] has a bank account balance of [total amount and currency type] in [account type and account number]. This letter has been issued at the request of [name of account holder] for the purpose of supporting the education and living expenses for [his or her] [relationship type] [name of student] for the duration of [his or her] studies in the United States." For the amount needed, refer to your program level on the estimated costs page (BS, MS, PhD, MBA, or ALI). 
    • The statement "The student has the financial ability to pay all fees" does not fulfill the financial statement requirement.
  • Date – Financial statement must be dated within 12 months of receipt by International Affairs.
  • Signature – Statement must be signed by a bank official.
  • Stationery – Financial statement must be typed on official financial institution letterhead and include address, email, and telephone number of the bank, preferably within the letterhead.

Sample Bank Statement

For banks within the US, please submit two consecutive months of financial statement with beginning and ending balances (covering 60 consecutive days within the last 12 months) on the financial institution's stationary. 

Loan sanction letter

Please submit a loan sanction letter in English on the bank/institution's letterhead.  

  • Letter - Letter must be sanctioned, "In-Princple" sanctioned, or approved 
  • Date - Include date of issuance 
  • Stationary - Letter must be typed on official financial institution's letterhead and include address, email, and telephone number of the bank, preferably within the letterhead. 
  • Amount - principal amount of the loan being given 
  • Affidavit of Support - All borrowers/co-borrowers must sign the Financial Support Form OR submit a notarized Affidavit of Support 

Sample Loan Sanction Letter

Investment Accounts

Investment accounts and provident funds may be accepted. The financial institution should sign the financial institution certification form and provide an account statement that specifies how much is available in liquid funds. 

Financial Guarantee for Sponsored Students

Sponsored students are on full scholarship from their home government, company, or other sponsoring organization. For their I-20 or DS-2019 to be issued, we require a financial guarantee letter from the sponsor which includes the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Beginning semester – must state specific semester (for example, Fall 2017)
  • Major to which student was admitted – must state specific degree program (for example: Petroleum Engineering)
  • Degree level – must state specific degree level (for example: BS or Bachelor’s)
  • Duration of sponsorship
  • If English language training is covered
  • If insurance is covered
  • If the sponsorship covers dependents
  • Stipend amounts

Financial guarantee letters should be sent to Sponsored Student Services at iasss@mst.edu. If sponsored students or sponsors have any questions about the financial guarantee, please use the email just mentioned.

Affidavit of Support

Affidavit of support can be done in 2 ways:

1. Complete the financial verification form.
Note: For those not using personal funds, page 2 of the form must be completed and signed by your sponsor.

OR

2. A notorized affidavit of support
Note: The affidavit must include your sponsor name, the length of time and amount of funding of his/her support for your academic program. Also include the relationship between the financial supporter and yourself (for example: uncle, brother, family friend). Please note that the length of time must be worded as “for the duration of his/her studies” (and not a specific length such as one year). This affidavit must be signed by your sponsor(s) and notarized.