Choosing a Visa
The Office of International and Non-JD Programs does not handle visa paperwork or processing. The University's Office for International Services (OIS) will process all visa paperwork for Winter Institute participants.
Fordham does NOT require any specific visa type to attend the Winter Institute. We offer only 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 Winter 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 Winter Institute is your secondary purpose. It is "incidental and avocational" to your primary tourist purpose.
Fordham University issues I-20s to support F-1 visa applications for our Winter Institute. If you wish to pursue the F-1 option, you should follow all instructions on this webpage.
Obtaining an F-1 Visa
The Winter 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 Winter 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 email@example.com.
Do not submit any information to OIS until you have paid the $500 program deposit.
- The AFCOE form;
- 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 Winter Institute; and
- A copy of the name page of the passport clearly showing the participant's full name.
Additional information and fees.
Visa Check-In at Arrival
Winter Institute Participants who travel to the U.S. under an F-1 visa issued using documentation provided by Fordham University must check in with the Office for International Services, bringing with them their original form I-20, passport, and I-94 card. This check-in procedure is required by U.S. law, and failure to check in with the Office for International Services is a violation of your F-1 status and could cause serious implications with the U.S. government. Participants can either complete the check in process online or stop by the OIS office. For more information on online check in process, may be found in the OIS portal.
Further questions regarding visa issues should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fordham Law strongly recommends that all Winter 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.