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Fast Train <[log in to unmask]>
Leslie Silkworth <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:04:47 -0500
To: Elem Ed Listserve <[log in to unmask]>, ESL Listserve <[log in to unmask]>
/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 
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.