ELI to Pathway

1.Review the ELI to Pathway Prezi

You may review the ELI to Pathway Prezi online at this link.

2. Attend the ELI Progression Workshop

For the fall 2021 semester, the ELI Progression Workshop will be held at the following date, time, and location:

DATE: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

TIME: 1:00pm

LOCATION: Virtual Teams Meeting

3. Prepare Your Financial Documentation

To receive your new I-20 after successfully completing the English Language Institute, you must provide updated financial documentation.  Financial documentation must be no older than 6 months.  Proof of financial support is required for each subsequent program.  Multiple sources of funding are acceptable, but financial documentation must be provided for each source of funding.  Be advised that Designated School Officials in the Office of International Student Services reserve the right to reject submitted financial documentation or request additional information, proof, or financial documentation on a case-by-case basis.

Types of Financial Documentation

The Affidavit of Support (Statement Section only) is required if funding is being provided by a family or friend.

On the bottom of the Affidavit of Support is a Bank Certification Section.  The completed Affidavit of Support, including Bank Certification Section (with bank seal), is acceptable in lieu of a bank statement.  Submitting the Affidavit of Support is the best and preferred way to show proof of financial support.

  • If funding is being provided by a person other than you, be sure to email or fax a blank Affidavit of Support to your sponsor for them to complete and have certified by their bank.
  • If you are using personal funds, complete the Statement Section and take to your bank in the US to be certified.
View Affidavit of Support
If you are self-funded or receiving funding from a person other than yourself AND do not wish to complete the Affidavit of Support (above), then a bank statement is required to show proof of financial support.  Please remember that bank statements must be no older than 6 months and show a current and available balance equal to or greater than the amount required for your new program (see chart about for amounts). 
If you are using funds from a loan to fund your studies, you will need to obtain an updated loan letter from your financial institution.  Loan letters must be dated within the previous 6 months. 
If you are awarded a scholarship or assistantship, an award letter must be provided that indicates the amount of the award.
If you are receiving a scholarship or sponsorship from the government in your home country, you will need to provide an updated Financial Guarantee as proof of financial support.

Proof of Financial Support Amounts

Program Minimum Funding Amount
Undergraduate  – One year $38,624
Graduate – One year $40,452
Dependent Funding
Spouse – One year $8,020
Child – One year $4,870 per child

4. Submit the Financial Certification Form

If you are completing the financial certification form on your own, be sure that for “Select the reason you are submitting proof of financial support” you choose I am in my final term of ELI and expect to begin Pathway next semester”.

Student Guide to Submitting Financial Documentation

Complete the Financial Certification

5. Traveling Internationally Before Pathway? Submit a Travel Signature Request Form

If you plan to travel outside the United States before starting Pathway, be sure to let the Office of International Student Services know your travel plans.  To do this, you must submit a Request for a Travel Signature.  Your Travel Signature Request will remain pending until your new I-20 is issued.

If you will be traveling outside of the United States or if you are currently outside of the United States, please carefully review the International Travel Information page.

If you are registered for an ISS Progression Workshop, we will assist you with submitting a Request for a Travel Signature during the workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions about Travel Before Pathway

No, you do not need a travel signature to travel in the United States.  In fact, you may travel anywhere in the United States before you receive your new I-20 and you are not required to inform ISS of your travel plans within the United States. 
No.  When you reenter the United States, you must provide accurate and correct information to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.  This includes your new I-20 for your new program.
You can choose to leave the United States before receiving your I-20, but we do not recommend it.  You will need to pay for shipping through UEMS eShipGlobal in order to receive your I-20 while you are abroad.
Students who are currently enrolled and/or intend to enroll for the upcoming semester will need the following documents to reenter the U.S.:

  • Passport valid for 6 months following date of entry
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Current I-20
  • Valid travel signature from a Designated School Official (valid for one year while enrolled)
  • Copy of financial documentation (strongly recommended)
  • Copy of course schedule (not required but recommended)
Yes.  Since you will be starting a new program, you will need a new travel signature on the new I-20.

6. Receive your new I-20

ISS typically begins issuing new I-20’s about one week after the end of the semester.  If your financial documents are approved for pathway and you meet all progression requirements, you will receive an email notifying you that your new I-20 is ready for pick-up.  If you are not able to pick-up your I-20 at the Welcome Center, you can see alternative delivery options at  Document Pick-Up and Delivery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Receiving the I-20

In order to receive your new I-20, you must submit:

  • Sufficient financial documentation, submitted online through the Financial Certification Form. The Financial Certification Form should indicate that you are progressing from ELI to Pathway.
  • No other forms are needed for ISS to update your I-20. ELI advisors will provide us with confirmation that students have progressed to their Pathway program.
The Office of International Student Services typically begins issuing new I-20s 1 week after grades are posted.  You will receive email notification to your MU email once the I-20 is ready. 
There are several ways to receive your new I-20:

  • Pick-up during regular business hours at the front desk of the Welcome Center
  • Ask a friend or family member to pick-up your I-20 for you (notarized MU FERPA release form required)
  • Receive your I-20 via regular post mail
  • Pay for shipping through UEMS eShipGlobal
UEMS eShipGlobal Instructions

Check out Document Pick-Up & Delivery for more information.

Your I-20 is your Certificate of Eligibility and must remain accurate and up-to-date at all times.  Your English Language Institute I-20 shows your education level of Language Training and the duration of English Language Institute.  Since you will be progressing and starting your new program, you will need your I-20 to reflect your new program.
No. Proof of health insurance is NOT required to receive your I-20.  However, proof of health insurance IS REQUIRED to lift the hold on your MyMU and register for classes.

No, you can register for classes before or after you receive your I-20.  Be aware of registration deadlines.

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