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Visa & Immigration Information

Visa Requirements
Once you have received your I-20 document from Avila, it is time to apply for your student visa.  In order to receive a student visa, you will need:

 

 

1.  Your I-20 document from Avila University

2.  Your acceptance letter from Avila University

3.  A bank statement showing you have sufficient financial funds to
     study in the U.S. for one year

4.  A receipt showing that you have paid your SEVIS I-901 fee.

To view more information about your visa, please click here.

United States Immigration Guidelines
Below you will find the questions most frequently asked by international students regarding their I-20s, student visas, and U.S. employment.  Remember that the policies described below are requirements of U.S. immigration and not Avila University.  We are here to help you with these policies.  You really only need to remember a few simple rules:

 

 

1.   If you study in the U.S. on a student visa, make sure you are a full-time student
       each semester.

2.   Make sure that your I-20 is current each semester by checking with a DSO.

3.   If you want to work off-campus, make sure you receive permission from
      Avila University and U.S. immigration.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding U.S. Immigration Policies

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1.  What is a DSO?

A DSO is a “designated school official” or an Avila employee person who helps international students complete necessary paperwork required by U.S. immigration.  Avila currently has 5 DSOs. 

 

DSO

Office

Location

E-mail address

Bruce Inwards

International Student Services

Hodes Education Center

Bruce.Inwards@Avila.edu

Kate Austin

International Student Services

Hodes Education Center

Kate.Austin@avila.edu

Pam Sparks
International Student
Services
Hodes Education Center

Pam.Sparks@avila.edu

Dana Shirley

Registration and Student Records

Upper Blasco
Building

Dana.Shirley@Avila.edu

JoAnna Giffin

School of Business
(MBA Program)

Whitfield 504D
Building

JoAnna.Giffin@Avila.edu

Sue King

Academic Affairs

Upper Blasco
Building

Sue.King@Avila.edu

 

The DSOs at Avila have different responsibilities.  Please look at the table below to see who can best help you with any questions you may have.

 

DSO

Responsibilities

Bruce Inwards

Create all new I-20s
Sign all existing I-20s
Authorize off-campus work
Answer immigration policy questions
Approve program extensions

Kate Austin

Create new ILCP I-20s,
Sign existing ILCP I-20s

Dana Shirley

Sign all existing I-20s
Transfer I-20s to other schools

JoAnna Giffin

Create new MBA I-20s

Sue King

Sign all existing I-20s
Answer immigration policy questions



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