Initial I-20 Request

International Student Portal

  • The International Student Portal is where you will make all F-1 related requests, including your request for an initial I-20.
  • If you are a new UWB student, you must first be invited to the portal. We will not invite you until your enrollment deposit is paid. You should receive an invitation email to your UW email address within 48 hours.
  • If you are a continuing UWB student changing visa category, please contact ISS via email ( See instructions for changing to F-1 status here.
  • If you are a returning UWB student, see the returning student instructions.

Completing the request

  • Upload all necessary documents. Ensure that all documents are clear and high quality.
  • Check all personal and program information details. Many fields are freely editable. If something is not editable and showing incorrect information, please email
  • Provide your complete foreign address and phone number.

Once you have submitted the request, an advisor will review it within 3 business days and will process your I-20 within 7 – 10 business days. If there are any issues, we will contact you via your UW email.

Financial Support Requirement

The financial support requirement is met by showing proof of acceptable financial resources to cover tuition & fees, living expenses, mandatory UW Health Insurance, and other course and campus fees for one academic year.

Acceptable financial support documents

Personal or family Checking/savings account, scholarship award letter, certificates of deposits, fixed deposits, fixed term certificate of deposits that will be available by your program start date, educational loans (pre-approved and includes student’s name), bonds (maturity date listed and is before the start of the student’s first quarter at UWB).

Unacceptable financial support documents

Salary statements, stock market funds, business accounts, insurance policies, home/land value documents, and retirement funds.

Minimum financial support amounts

Amounts are typically updated in July each year.

  • Undergraduate Student: $69,078
  • Graduate Student:
    • Accounting: $56,730
    • Computer Science & Software Engineering: $55,815
    • Creative Writing & Poetics: $TBD
    • Cyber Security & Engineering: $55,815
    • Cultural Studies: $59,592
    • Education: $60,261
    • Electrical Engineering: $57,555
    • MBA (Leadership / Technology): $60,093
    • Nursing: $59,694
    • Policy Studies: $60,261
  • Spouse/Children: Students declaring dependents (spouse and/or children only) must show additional proof of financial support. The financial documents must show an additional 35% of living and other expenses. This total is currently $9,507.