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Process for Issuing an Initial I-20

Applicant must complete the personal online Application for Admissions by establishing an online account and complting the form.

Documentation is emailed to MTEC-SFBA.  Each document is numbered and titled as indicated:

1.  List of Basic Information:

  • Surname
  • Given Name
  • Name Listed on Passport
  • Preferred Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Issue Reason: Initial Attendance or Change of Status Requested
  • Permanent Address in Home Country
  • email
  • US Address, if any
  • Date Applicant Intends to Start MTEC
  • The Credential Level Applicant Seeks:
    • i.e.- Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary I, or Elementary I-II
  • Site Location:
    • i.e.-San Leandro, San Mateo, or Sunnyvale

2.  Finance Verification

The finances may be a personal bank account statement from the applicant and/or a Sponsor Agreement to support applicant financially. The funds may come from several different sources but must total $17,000.00 USD.

All financial support documents must be in English, or with an official translation into English from the bank attached.

    • All bank statements and bank letters must be on bank letterhead and include the name of the account holder, account number, and specific amount of funds.
    • The name of the sponsor on the affidavit of support must match the name of the account holder on the bank statement or bank letter.
    • All funds must be readily accessible and liquid, such as savings accounts and checking accounts. Investments with fluctuating values are generally not accepted as viable proof of funds.
    • An F-1 student may not act as a sponsor for a fellow F-1 student.
    • The following are the types of sponsorship that an F-1 student can have with MTEC:
      • Affidavit of Support (Notarized)(Attached below)
      • Initial Entry – US Sponsor
        • Affidavit of Support (Notarized)
      • Initial Entry – Sponsor Abroad
        • Guarantee letter of support
      • Initial Entry – Self Sponsor
      • Transfer–In – Self Sponsor, US Sponsor, or Sponsor Abroad
        • Recent bank statement with appropriate amount of funds for duration of I-20
  • 3.  Letters of Referenc - Three (3)
  •       Label 3A, 3B, 3C 
  • 4. Current VISA - Copy
  • 5. Current Passport - Copy
  • 6. Personal Statement of Purpose, Signed
  • 7. Education Documents:
    • Degree certificates.
    • Bachelor degree transcripts or High School diploma/GED
      • Foreign transcripts of college degrees must later be evaluated by an outside agency to determine their equivalency to a United States degree. We recommend that adult learners obtain evaluations from members of NACES (, to ensure acceptance by AMS.
      • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required for acceptance into the Elementary I and Elementary I-II programs.
    • MTEC does not require applicants to take any of the above tests, however, the Embassy strongly recommends that all student visa applicants provide standardized test scores.
      • Relevant test scores, e.g. TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, or LSAT

All of the seven (7) documents are required.  All documents are to be submitted at one time.

When all of the seven (7) documents are provided, the applicant is accepted into the MTEC credential program (an interview is required).

MTEC provides the applicant with a signed I-20 and a letter of acceptance. The two documents are taken to the United States Embassy in the applicant's country in order to be issued an F-1 student visa.

Please note that beginning on October 27, 2008, you will also need to pay the new SEVIS I-901 Fee by credit card and on-line; as noted above (go to