iStart Requests and E-Forms

Immigration Services Student Requests and Forms

Below you will find links to electronic E-Forms and, if needed, PDF forms for printing, for all requests related to your F-1 status. E-Forms are all done through the i-Start system and use your UMass Boston Student ID and WISER password for submission. For a guide on how to use the i-Start system, please see our "How to Submit E-Form Guide".

Admissions & New Students

I-20 issuance for incoming, readmitted, transfer in students. Immigration Clearances.

F-1 Current Students: Academics

Reduced course loads, additional degree, concurrent enrollment, final semester, program extensions, etc.

F- 1 Current Students

3rd party consent, F-2 I-20s, Eship Global, I-20 replacements/update, travel signature, SEVIS transfers, voluntary SEVIS terminations

F-1 Employment: CPT & OPT

Apply for CPT/OPT, SSN Letter, Employer Update, STEM etc.

FAQS & Informational Handouts

Driver's license, F-1 student handbook, invitation letter, taxes, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admissions & New Students

Change of Level F-1: Declaration of Certification & Finances (DCF) Visit the E-Form: Click Here
Change of Level requests are for students who are going from:
  • Bachelor's to Master's, Master's to Doctorate, etc.
  • ESL to degree program
  • Navitas to degree program
Initial Graduate F-1: Declaration of Certification & Finances (DCF) Visit the E-Form: Click Here
Graduate students who are in admitted or active status will apply for the Initial Graduate I-20. This E-Form is for students who currently do not have a student visa. This is not for Readmit/Terminated students.
Readmit/Terminated F-1: Declaration of Certification & Finances (DCF) Visit the E-Form: Click Here

READMISSION

Before students can request immigration documents (Readmit I-20) for readmission, they must:

  1. Apply for and be approved for readmission to the university
  2. Have "Readmit" status on WISER

Students who are returning to UMass Boston after academic dismissal must apply for readmission via Student Support Services and must work with Brenda Gordon and/or Maura Mast. Once re-admitted, F-1 students will be allowed to take only 6 credits at UMass Boston. Students must concurrently enroll at another institution for 6 credits and submit the Concurrent Enrollment E-Form. If you will transfer back to UMass Boston from another school, you must use this ISSS Transfer-In Form.

Transfer In F-1: Declaration of Certification & Finances (DCF)

Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to transfer a SEVIS record to UMass Boston from another SEVIS approved school. Required documents include an acceptance letter from the UMass Boston as well as any forms that ISSO requires.

Immigration Clearance (F-1) Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to register an “Initial” SEVIS record to “Active” when a student arrives for the first time or on a new SEVIS number.
Immigration Clearance (J-1) Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to register an “Initial” SEVIS record to “Active” when a student arrives for the first time or on a new SEVIS number.
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F-1 Current Students: Academics

Academic Reduced Course Load Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to request a reduced course load below the minimum credits required for an F-1 student based on an academic reason. Must also be approved by an academic advisor.
Concurrent Enrollment Visit the E-Form: Click Here
F-1 Visa regulations require all students to be enrolled full time each semester. Full time enrollment is at least 12 credits for undergraduate and at least 9 credits for graduate students. It is possible however to take some of these credits at another institution and transfer them back to UMass Boston.
Declaration of Additional Degree Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For students declaring an additional degree. Student must first communicate with their department advisor and submit their hard-copy application to the Registrar's Office. After the additional degree is reflected on their WISER, they can submit to this E-Form for their new I-20.
Declaration of Final Semester Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to inform an immigration advisor of your intent to complete your program within the current semester. In the case of a student’s final semester, it is permissible to take fewer credits than normally required. This form will allow a student in his or her final term to be under-enrolled and will trigger a shortening of his or her I-20 for an end date at the close of the current semester. Students will also receive information on applying for Post Completion OPT after submitting this form. Must also be approved by an academic advisor.
Medical Reduced Course Load Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to request a reduced course load below the minimum credits required for an F-1 student based on a medical reason. Must include a letter from a licensed medical professional in the United States.
Program Extension Recommendation Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to extend your I-20 program end date for additional required study in your program. This request must be made prior to the end date listed on the I-20. Student must provide required financial statements for this request. For an extended I-20, you must present bank statements totaling the annual estimated expenses of $49,748 USD. For a one-semester extension, you must show proof of funding of $24,874 USD. These funding amounts are not negotiable. If you have a graduate assistantship, the graduate assistantship letter can replace the bank statement as necessary. Must also be approved by an academic advisor.
Program Extension Recommendation (ESL Students) Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to extend an ESL program beyond the current end date on the I-20. This request must be made prior to the end date listed on the I-20. Student must provide required financial statements for this request. Must also be approved by an academic advisor.
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F- 1 Current Students

3rd Party Consent Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to give permission to a friend or family member to pick up your immigration documents at the ISSO.
Add F-2 Dependent(s) Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to add a spouse or dependent child under the age of 21 to your SEVIS record as an F-2 dependent.
Eship Global (FedEx, DHL, UPS) Visit the E-Form: Click Here

Do you need a document delivered to you overseas?
If so, International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) has an account with “eShipGlobal” for all express mail deliveries overseas. EShipGlobal contracts with both FedEx and DHL. Your payment options include credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal. Access this service at https://study.eshipglobal.com. It is easy to use and self-explanatory, but we have included step-by-step instructions for you below. Once you have completed your payment, ISSS will be notified that labels have been created for you. We will print the labels and will finalize the pick-up. When the pick-up is finalized you will receive an email notification of the shipment including the tracking number which you can follow on the eShipGlobal website. Allow five (5) business days for ISSS to organize your delivery request.

 

Detailed instructions on creating an account with eShipGlobal:
Go to the eShipGlobal website at: https://study.eshipglobal.com (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers)

  1. Click on "sign up" under the “Students” section
  2. Register for an account by completing the online form and clicking the “register” button
  3. After you have successfully logged in, click "Receive a Package from Universities"
  4. Search for University of Massachusetts-Boston and click ‘continue’ after locating it
  5. Select a carrier under the service column (choice will be FedEx and/or DHL) and click ‘continue’
  6. Select your preferred payment option (credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal) and complete the payment details
  7. After completing the payment details click ‘confirm payment’
I-20 Replacement or Update Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to request an update to your information on your I-20 or to replace an I-20 that has been lost, stolen or damaged.
Travel Signature Request Download the Form: Click Here
A Travel Signature on the I-20 allows the student entry to the U.S after traveling abroad (outside U.S). A Travel Signature is valid for 1 year. Can be used multiple times within the valid year. Student must submit the form to the ISSO office at the front desk with current I-20.
Transfer of SEVIS Record (Out, Eligibility)

Transfer Out Request
Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to transfer a SEVIS record from UMass Boston to another SEVIS approved school. Required documents include an acceptance letter from the new school as well as any forms that the new school requires.

Transfer Out Eligibility
Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to transfer a SEVIS record from UMass Boston to another SEVIS approved school. Some schools require confirmation of eligibility to transfer prior to accepting a F-1 student who will be transferring a SEVIS record.

Voluntary Termination of SEVIS Record Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to terminate a SEVIS record for any number of reasons if a student will be ending study as an F-1 student in the US.
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F-1 Employment: CPT & OPT

Cap-Gap I-20 Request Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use request a reprinted I-20 with H1-B Cap Gap shown. Must provide approval notice.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to request a period of CPT that will correspond with a course in the same semester. CPT must be requested on a semester by semester basis. Must also be approved by an academic advisor.
Employer Update For use to report a new or changed employer while on OPT or STEM OPT as required by F-1 student regulations.

Post Completion OPT Employer Update E-Form: Click Here
STEM OPT Employer Update E-Form: Click Here
POST Completion OPT Application Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to apply for POST Completion OPT (12 month period) to begin after a program ends. Students must attend an OPT workshop to receive required materials. To see workshop schedule, see Employment on a Visa. Must also be approved by an academic advisor.
Social Security Letter Request Visit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to request a letter to present to Social Security Administration when applying for a Social Security Number. Employment is required before application.
STEM OPT ApplicationVisit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to request an extension of OPT for all students with eligible majors under STEM.
STEM OPT Employer UpdateVisit the E-Form: Click Here
For use to update employer in OPT for all students with eligible majors under STEM.
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Still don't see the form you need? Email ISSS!
ISSO General Email
isss@umb.edu