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Immigration Documents and Health Insurance


Immigration: You will need to collect documents to apply for a SEVIS Form I-20 and an F-1 international student visa.

  1. Step 1: Obtain a bank statement or bank letter in English showing the equivalent of $9,000 USD per semester to support your expenses in the U.S, dated within the past three months. Scan it or take a very clear photo.
  2. Step 2: Scan your passport picture page or take a clear photo. Your passport must always be valid at least six months into the future while you are inside the U.S.
  3. Step 3: Use your Pratt OneKey to login and fill out the online International Student Form. Select the student classification: “I am a new student who has never attended Pratt.” 

After you complete and submit the form, you will get an email to your Pratt account with a link to your Pratt dashboard. The dashboard will show the documents you should upload. Electronic signatures are acceptable on all documents. Keep copies of all the documents yourself for your visa interview. 

Special note: Our Sources of Funds document shows approximately $80,000 USD for the yearly cost of tuition plus living expenses. Please disregard that $80,000 cost amount, as it is automatically generated by the system for all students. That is the standard yearly estimate for degree seeking students. You are in a special situation as a visiting exchange student and only need to show $9,000 USD on your bank statement. Keep in mind your personal expenses may be higher than that, depending on your choices.
  1. When you upload your documents, be aware the system status will NOT immediately change to “received” and will still show “pending.” Please do not upload your documents multiple times.
  2. After all of your documents are uploaded, evaluated, and processed, your I-20 document will be mailed to you abroad using UPS. Please send your complete shipping address to Kristin Oberheide, Director of OIA, at koberhei@pratt.edu so we can prepare the mailing label. When you receive the I-20, you will then need to pay a SEVIS I-901 fee and print the receipt. 
  3. Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply for your F-1 student visa, for country-specific instructions on booking your appointment. There is an additional fee for your visa application. Bring your I-20 and physical copies of all of your documents to the visa interview. 
  4. When entering the U.S., you should show your printed I-20 and F-1 visa at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry. You may enter the United States up to 30 days before the I-20 program start date and stay up to 60 days after the I-20 program end date. The 60 days is called your “grace period” before and after your F-1 status. Please note that you cannot re-enter the US during the grace period after the program end date. 
  5. You will need to attend an immigration check-in meeting before the beginning of the semester. The date will be communicated to you closer to the semester's start. 
Health Insurance
Here is some information in regard to carrying Pratt Health Insurance, if you so choose to.  Also consider consulting this 2022-23-updatedpratt-brooklyn-highlight-sheet.pdf.


You may not be employed in the United States or work on-campus while you are an exchange student at Pratt. You should avoid any compensation, or activity that should be compensated, while you are an exchange student at Pratt. If you have questions about the immigration document process, please email Kristin, at koberhei@pratt.edu. Please identify yourself as an incoming exchange student.