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Leslie Silkworth <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:04:47 -0500
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/Attention All International Students/:

All international students who plan on returning to George Mason 
University this summer to continue taking course work in the FAST TRAIN 
Program must submit the following paperwork listed below /*by April 1*/ 
in order to obtain an I-20 (immigration document) from GMU so that you 
can then apply for your F-1 student visas. Citizens of Canada (not 
landed immigrants) must comply with the requirements below except a visa 
is not required at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. However, all Canadian 
citizens need to present an I-20 form to the immigration officer at the 
port of entry. International students taking 3, 6, or 9 credit hours 
must send in the documentation below as required by U.S. federal law.

1. *A copy of the International Student Information Form* (Certificate 
of Financial Responsibility) which may be downloaded from the GMU 
graduate application: 
http://admissions.gmu.edu/global/CertFinancialRespons08.pdf. Fill out 
the form, including an original signature. Please make sure it is signed 
by you and co-signed if you are being sponsored.

2. *Financial support documents* that include enough funds to cover 
tuition (current rate is listed on our website), living expenses (please 
include about $1200 for housing, books, transportation, food), student 
health insurance ($356 for summer 2009), plus additional funds for 
Praxis, VRA and VCLA exams, if needed, and other incidentals while 
living here for five weeks. An *_original bank statement which is less 
than 6 months_* old showing coverage of these funds will suffice. If 
this bank statement is not in the studentís name, a signed letter from 
the owner of the account should also be sent, stating financial support 
of the student.

3. *A copy of the identification pages in your current passport*.

4. *A current, accurate and thorough address and phone number.* All 
I-20s will be sent DHL or Federal Express by the FAST TRAIN office. 
Please email Afsaneh Ziaee, [log in to unmask], your current address so that 
she can send the I-20s when they are ready.

5. *A $200.00 SEVIS* fee usually paid prior to applying for your visa. 
*/FAST TRAIN will cover this expense for students./* We must have very 
accurate information on file for you. A receipt of the SEVIS fee payment 
will be sent together with your I-20 form.

Materials should be sent to: Office of International Programs and 
Services, George Mason University, Attn: Anisha Woodley, MS: 4C3, 4400 
University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Please also see information on the FAST TRAIN website 
(http://gse.gmu.edu/programs/fasttrain/admissions_information/international_students.html) 
about student health insurance. Provide necessary documentation as needed.

This process can take up to two months to complete. Therefore *it is 
important that you complete this process by April 1 or sooner*. 
*P**lease contact Anisha Woodley ([log in to unmask]) if you have questions.


*Leslie


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