International Student Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to Montclair State University! We want you to have an easy transition to University life and we hope this checklist will help as you prepare to arrive on campus.

Please read the checklist carefully and follow all the necessary steps.

The International Admissions and Student Services at Montclair State University is available to assist international students through every stage of the journey from new applicant through to graduation.

Step 1
Activate your NetID and Access your Gmail Account
  1. Locate your NetID and Campus Wide ID (CWID), which are both found on your acceptance letter.
  2. Go to to the NetID Account Management Center website
  3. Verification – You will be asked what method they would like to receive their verification link, either by email or SMS.
  4. After verifying your University NetID, you will be asked to answer one of four Challenge Questions.  (All students should be able to use the question “What are the last four digits of your CWID?” in this step.)
  5. You will then be asked to set a password and confirm the new password.
  6. After setting your password, please go to gmail.com.
  7. Enter your NetID@montclair.edu as your email address, and click “Next”.
  8. Enter your NetID password, and click “Sign in”.

For more detailed information, please see:
Information Technology – Activate/Manage NetID and Password
Information Technology – Google Email and Google Applications for assistance.

NOTE: You must wait at least 24 hours after you activate your NetID before you will be able to log into our International Engagement Portal and submit your I-20 application.

Step 2
Submit Your I-20 Application

Log In Instructions:

  1. CLICK HERE
  2. Select option 1 “I am admitted and have setup my Net ID username and password.”, and click “Submit”.
  3. Sign in using your MSU NetID (not your CWID) and password.

Once signed in:

  • Select “Spring, 2021”
  • Click the red “Apply” button.
  • Carefully read ALL instructions, and upload the required documents indicated before clicking the red “Submit” button.

Please click here for step-by-step instructions with screenshots.

Please allow at least 10 business days (business days are Monday through Friday) to review your application. After it is reviewed, we will contact you by email (from intserv@montclair.edu) with a status update, requesting additional information if needed.

In order for your document to be mailed, you must prepay for shipping through eShipGlobal (see eShipGlobal Instructions).

Students who are already in the U.S. on active F-1 status:

  • You will need to ask your international advisor at your current school to transfer your F-1 SEVIS record to Montclair State, and provide them a copy of your Montclair State acceptance letter.
  • You are still required to submit an I-20 application.
  • In addition to the regular upload requirements, the following is also required in your I-20 application:
    • Current I-20
    • F-1 visa stamp (or USCIS approval notice)
    • Most recent I-94 record (or USCIS approval notice)
    • EAD card (if applicable)
    • Complete the “SEVIS Transfer-In” request under the “Recommendations/Approvals” section
Step 3
Pay the SEVIS fee

The SEVIS fee, also known as the Federal SEVIS I-901 fee, is a mandatory fee that must be paid by student and exchange visitors before applying for an F-1. The fee is $350 for the F-1 visa. The fee can be paid by credit card, Western Union Quick Pay, or by mail.  We do not recommend paying the fee by mail for it might take as long as four weeks to be processed. To pay the fee online, follow these instructions:

  • Visit http://www.fmjfee.com
  • Complete the form I-901. Be sure that you enter your personal information exactly as it appears on your I-20.
  • The Montclair State University school code is: NEW214F01039000
  • The SEVIS ID number is printed on the top left of your I-20. The SEVIS number starts with the letter N.
  • Once you have paid using a credit card, print the receipt. Do not exit the receipt page until you print the receipt. You will not be able to return to the receipt page once closed.

A prospective F student with a country of citizenship or who was born in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Gambia must pay by money order, Western Union Quick Pack, or certified check drawn from a U.S. bank.

SEVP will accept third party payments, meaning someone else can pay your I-901 SEVIS fee for you. For students who cannot pay the fee by credit card, third party payers are also restricted from paying the fee by credit card. For instructions on how to complete the Western Union Quick pay/Quick Collect form, please visit: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm

Step 4
Apply for Your F-1 Visa

Visit http://www.usembassy.gov to locate the embassy or consulate near you to schedule your required visa appointment.  Wait times for an appointment can be lengthy so apply as soon as possible upon receiving your I-20.

As you prepare for your visa appointment, you may wish to contact an EducationUSA Advising Center in your home country. See www.educationusa.info for more information. The EducationUSA Advising Center can give you helpful information about application procedures specific to your home country. If possible, you may want to attend a pre-departure orientation program organized by the center. This orientation will likely include information not only about applying for the visa, but also about American culture.  We also recommend that you review NAFSA’s 10 Points to Remember to prepare for your visa interview.

Prepare the following documents for the visa interview at your local U.S. embassy or consulate:

  • Online application form DS-160 (some applicants will also be required to submit a form DS-157). All forms must be completed and signed, and can be found at http://evisaforms.state.gov/default.asp. A separate form is needed for children, even if they are included in their parent’s passport.

  • Passport valid for up to 6 months past the intended end date on your I-20

  • I-20

  • Admission letter from Montclair State University

  • Receipt of SEVIS fee payment

  • Documented proof of financial support

  • Test scores and academic records

  • 2×2 visa photo (for specific requirements visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html)

  • Additional documents as required by the embassy or consulate (check your home country’s embassy or consulate for more information)

Canadian Students*

  • Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa to enter the United States; however, they must obtain an I-20 and pay the SEVIS fee before entering the US.

  • The following documents must be presented to the customs officer either at the border or airport:

    • Valid passport

    • Admission letter from Montclair State University

    • Receipt of SEVIS fee payment

    • Documented proof of financial support

    • I-20

*Permanent residents of Canada are required to obtain a visa before entering the United States.

Step 5
Complete Mandatory Health Requirements

The University Health Center oversees all mandatory health requirements for student enrollment.  Before you join us on campus for the start of your term you will need to:

  • Download and print the immunization forms from the University Health Center
  • Have your health care provider complete and sign the forms. Records from your high school or another university may be submitted in place of these forms.
  • Enter your immunization record information from the forms into the online My Health application. Scan and upload your paperwork to the My Health portal. Please note that the University Health Center is no longer accepting documentation in paper form. Therefore, please do not mail completed forms to the University. Instead, scan and upload all documents online in the portal.
  • Assure adequate health insurance coverage. All full-time Montclair State students are required to have health insurance coverage. Montclair State will automatically enroll you in the Student Health Insurance Plan provided through the University. If you have private health insurance coverage, you must waive this enrollment by showing proof of other insurance. You can waive the enrollment and health insurance premium fee by clicking here.

Questions about this step? Contact the University Health Center at 973-655-4361 or email immunization@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 6
Submit Your Final Transcripts

Your final college and high school transcripts/evaluation report (that show final grades for all coursework completed) should be submitted prior to the start of the semester.

Final transcripts from colleges outside of the U.S. must first be evaluated by an NACES-member evaluation company, and the official evaluation report must be sent to us directly from the evaluation company.

Official final transcripts from U.S. high schools or colleges must be sent to us directly from the school. The high school transcript requirement is waived for incoming transfer students who have earned an associate degree or 60+ credits from a four-year institution.

For electronic submissions, please use: internationaladmissions@montclair.edu

By mail, please use the following address:

Montclair State University
Office of International Engagement
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Step 7
Choose Your Arrival Date

Choose Your Arrival Date

When purchasing your plane ticket, international students should note the start date on your I-20. You are allowed to enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date listed on the I-20.

Also note that any student travelling internationally into the United States, or from any U.S. State designated as a hotspot, must self-isolate off campus or within their assigned residential unit for 14 days upon arrival in New Jersey.

For more information see Pre-Arrival Information.

Step 8
Attend International Student Orientation

Attend International Student Orientation activities for international students.