A Form I-20 is the physical document of your SEVIS record. This document is required during travel into the United States. Below are the descriptions of important sections of the Form I-20.
SEVIS ID Number
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. As an F-1 student, you will be assigned a SEVIS number.
Form Issue Reason
The issue reason can be Initial Attendance (issued to new students who have not entered the US, or had their SEVIS record registered), Continued Attendance (current students whose SEVIS record is registered), or Transfer (incoming students whose SEVIS record is transferred from one university to CGU).
Country of Citizenship
The country of citizenship of the student.
Admission Number (typically I-94)
An 11-digit number which tracks your travel history into and out of the United States. An admission number is generated after your first entry into the United States. You can view your I-94 Admission Number and travel history after you arrive to the U.S.
There are three eligible degree levels for CGU students: English Language, Masters and Doctorate. Students enrolled in the International Scholars Program (ISP) are assigned the English Language degree level.
Major & Minor (CIP Codes)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes are five–digit codes (00.000) assigned to each program of study at university. CIP codes also determine which programs are designated as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The CIP codes are pre-assigned by the Registrar’s Office. Any changes to the CIP code impact all students who earn the degree and cannot be individually assigned. The Major description on your I-20 may vary slightly from the actual name of your degree from CGU.
Earliest Admission Date
The earliest arrival date to enter the United States (30 days prior to the initial start date).
Start of Classes
This date is determined by the first day of classes for the upcoming or current semester. If classes have already started, the current date is used.
Program Start and End Date
Program start date states indicates the date of orientation or the required activities to start the program. Program end date is the expected end date that students will complete the degree requirement. For International Scholars program students, this date period is one semester. For MA/MS students, this date periods is 2 years, and for PhD students, it is 7 years. For dual master’s degrees the period is 3 years. Your actual time to completion may be shorter or longer than this timeframe.
Approved employment or practical training information will be listed in this section by the Designated School Official (DSO). For more information, please review the authorization procedures for CPT, OPT and off-campus employment.