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Summer Session Program

Summer Session Students - Step by Step Visa Process


STEP 1: Obtaining your visa stamp

  1. Complete the online orientation (Summer Session Immigration Orientation)
    • Completion of this course will allow Bechtel to release your I-20 for mailing
  2. Check your I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) for accuracy (date of birth, spelling of name, citizenship)
  3. Pay your SEVIS fee and print receipt:
  4. Obtain an F-1 visa stamp (citizens of Canada do not need visa stamps)

STEP 2: Entering the U.S.

Please place the following items in a carry-on bag to be able to present to the border control official at a U.S. port-of-entry (airport) upon arrival:

  1. I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility)
  2. Passport with F-1 visa stamp (Canadians do not need visa stamp)
  3. SEVIS fee payment receipt
  4. Documents (e.g. bank statement) showing financial support listed on your I-20
  5. Admission Letter from the Summer Session Program


Warning: Do not enter as a tourist (B-2 or WT – visa waiver tourist) to study at Stanford. Immigration regulations prohibit students from studying full-time on a tourist visa.


STEP 3:  Arrival at Stanford

  1. Access or Print your I-94
  • “Class of Admission” must be “F-1”
  • “Admit Until Date” must  “D/S” (i.e. “Duration of Status”)


STEP 4: Maintain Legal Status

  1. Never fall below enrollment of 8 units
  2. Passport must remain valid
  3. Report any address change in Axess within 10 days
  4. Do not engage in any form of employment off-campus


Inform the Summer Session or the Bechtel International Center advisors IMMEDIATELY if your I-94 record does not show “F-1” or “D/S”


Contact us:

Bechtel International Center

548 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA

Business Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Walk-in Advising: Monday-Thursday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or By Appointment

Email: (response time is 2 to 3 business days