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Visa Information


Participants who will be applying for F-1 visas are strongly encouraged to apply by April 29, 2024 due to lengthy visa processing times.

Most in-person participants who are not U.S. citizens or green card holders will need to secure a visa prior to beginning the program. The SHRI does NOT require any particular type of visa to attend, and we are pleased to offer official and competent guidance to help participants determine which visa is appropriate for their situation. The process for securing a visa should be completed as soon as possible following registration, as delays are common.

The SHRI satisfies the F-1 visa/status requirements, and Fordham can issue I-20s to support F-1 visa applications for this program. Participants who have received confirmation that their registration in the SHRI is complete may refer to the Visa Instructions for Registered Participants, below, for detailed instructions on the process for securing an F-1 visa.

In the alternative, some participants may enter the US 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 on in the U.S. to pursue a degree-granting program following the SHRI. If you choose the B-1, B-2 or WT visa, you are entering the US with “tourism” as your primary purpose; your “study” at the SHRI is your secondary purpose and “incidental and avocational” to your primary tourist purpose.

For more information, please visit the main Fordham University Immigration and Visa Information page.


Participants may begin the visa application process immediately upon receiving confirmation that their registration for the Summer Human Rights Institute (SHRI) is complete. If you have received confirmation of your registration and would like assistance in determining which visa is appropriate for your situation, please email shri@law.fordham.edu.

If you have decided to pursue the F-1 option, please carefully review and follow the instructions below, according to your personal circumstances.

F-1 Visa Instructions

The requirements and process to apply for an F-1 visa will vary depending on inter alia upon whether you:

  • Are already in the U.S. or will be coming for another program before the SHRI
  • Will be starting another program at Fordham or another US institution after the SHRI
  • Are coming to the U.S. just to attend the SHRI

If you need further assistance or clarification to determine which category best captures your personal situation, please email shri@law.fordham.edu.

If You Are Already in the U.S. OR Will be Coming for Another Program Before the SHRI

If you are already in the U.S. or will be coming to the U.S. for another program prior to attending the SHRI, it may be possible to maintain your current status or transfer your SEVIS record to Fordham.

If You Will Be Starting Another Program at Fordham University – or Another US Institution – after the SHRI 

If you will attend the SHRI prior to beginning another program at Fordham or another US institution later this summer or in Fall 2024, you may need to submit separate AFCOE forms for EACH program.

If You Are Coming to the U.S. just for the SHRI

If you are coming to the US just to attend the Summer Human Rights Institute, please complete the Application for Certification of Eligibility (AFCOE) and submit it with the supporting financial documents specified on the form to shri@law.fordham.edu.

Upon submission of the required AFCOE form and supporting documentation, Fordham University will issue a SEVIS I-20, generally within 2 to 3 weeks, which will enable the participant to apply for an F-1 visa to enter the United States for the purpose of participating in the Summer Institute. The Office of International Services will email you when your I-20 is ready, to arrange delivery.

Once you receive your I-20,  you may apply for an F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Information about the location, policy, and procedures of specific U.S. posts is available at www.travel.state.gov. Current global conditions have led to longer processing times for visas in many countries. Please consult the U.S. consulate nearest you to plan accordingly. In general, you will need:

  • SEVIS I-20;
  • Passport;
  • Recent photographs;
  • Proof of financial support; and
  • SHRI Welcome Letter (attached to formal registration confirmation email)
  • SHRI Letter of Introduction (provided upon notice of intent to apply for F-1, following registration)

We recommend that you call your local consulate or embassy for specific instructions before you apply.

Visa Check-In on Arrival

SHRI participants who travel to the U.S. under an F-1 visa issued using documentation provided by Fordham University must check in virtually or in person 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. Additional information is available on the OIS website. 


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