Choosing a Visa
The University's Office for International Services (OIS) will process all visa paperwork for Summer Institute participants.
Fordham does not require any specific visa type to attend the Summer Institute, but we do offer guidance to enable you to make a prudent choice customized for your personal case.
Most program participants enter the U.S. as a B-1, B-2, or WT visitor. This is appropriate for those who are "coming to the United States primarily for tourism," and "also incidentally will engage in a short course of study during their visit." It cannot be used by participants who will be staying in the U.S. to pursue a degree-granting program after the Summer Institute. Therefore, if you choose the B-2/WT visa, you are entering the U.S. with "tourist" intentions, which is your primary purpose. Your "study" at Fordham in the Summer Institute is your secondary purpose. It is "incidental and avocational" to your primary tourist purpose.
Fordham University issues 1-20s to support F-1 visa applications for our Summer Institute. If you wish to pursue the F-1 option, you should follow all instructions on this webpage.
Obtaining an F-1 Visa
The Summer Institute satisfies the F-1 visa/status requirements. Upon submission of the required documentation (see below), Fordham University will issue an I-20 which will enable participants to obtain an F-1 visa to enter the United States for the purpose of participating in our Summer Institute. If a participant wishes to obtain an F-1 visa, the below documents must be submitted directly to Mr. Sal Longarino in the Office for International Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not submit any information to the OIS until you have paid the $500 program deposit.
- AFCOE form according to housing type, available online;
- Financial supporting statement, such as an official bank statement, bank or employer letter showing sufficient funds, or copies of award letters, loans, etc.;
- A statement indicating whether the participant intends to pursue an academic program in the U.S. before or after the Summer Institute; and
- A copy of the name and picture pages of the passport clearly showing the participant's full name and photograph.
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Special Instructions for Incoming Fordham Law LLM Students
If you will attend the Summer Institute program prior to the LLM program, you will need to submit AFCOE forms for BOTH programs. LLM program AFCOE forms are available via the OIS website.
In order to expedite your I-20 processing, please submit the AFCOE forms for both programs together, if possible.
Visa Check-In at Arrival
Federal regulations require all non-immigrants to provide documentation to the Office for International Services (OIS). Participants who are here on visas sponsored by Fordham should bring a copy of their I-94 to the first day of the program and complete the check-in form that will be provided with their welcome materials. A member of the Summer Institute program staff will collect these materials to provide to the OIS.
For participants who will continue on to the LLM program in the fall, please indicate that you are incoming LLM student when you communicate with the OIS. OIS will email contact you when your LLM I-20 is issued.
Further questions regarding visa issues should be directed to email@example.com.
Fordham Law strongly recommends that all Summer Institute participants arrange for health insurance coverage for their time in the United States. Participants are encouraged to check with their current provider to see if coverage extends to their stay in New York.
Participants who are not covered are strongly urged to purchase insurance. Please note that participants are not automatically covered by Fordham University's health insurance, and may be held liable for any emergency medical expenses they incur during their time in the United States. Rates and coverage for 2019 have not yet been finalized. Information will be made available as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries regarding participant medical insurance to firstname.lastname@example.org.