To come to Tufts as an international student, scholar, or employee, you must first get a visa certificate from the International Center.
Important: a visa certificate is not the same thing as a visa. Instead, it is a document you need to have in order to apply for a visa. In most cases, you must also carry your visa certificate and present it with your when you enter the US with your visa.
Canadian citizens: if you are a Canadian citizen you do not need a visa to enter the US; however, you must still have the appropriate visa certificate in order to enter the US to study, teach, or work.
To request your visa certificate from Tufts and to learn more about the visa certificate process, click on one of the buttons to the right. To learn more details about each type of visa certificate, see the information below.
The visa document for an F-1 student (and any F-2 dependents) is called the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. The I-20 provides information about you (including your name, country of citizenship, and date of birth), the school or institution you are attending, your educational objective and major area(s) of study, and the dates of your program. In addition, the I-20 also reflects the estimated cost of attendance for your program (up to one year) and your financial resources.
⇒Learn more about Form I-20 here.
The visa document for a J-1 Exchange Visitor (and any J-2 dependents) is called the Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility. The DS-2019 provides information about you (including your name, country of citizenship, and city and date of birth), your J-1 sponsor, your educational objective and major area(s) of study, and the dates of your J-1 program. In addition, the DS-2019 also indicates your financial resources, among other items.
⇒ Learn more about Form DS-2019 here.