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This is a sample letter for F-1 and J-1 supporters, showing that they are providing monetary support to students.

Required financial documents

Please show all sources of your financial support and ensure that the sum equals or exceeds the estimated expenses for yourself and any dependents.

All financial documentation must be in English (or certified English translations must be included) and must be issued within 9 months of your program start date.

Financial sources must be readily available liquid assets, such as:

  • Checking or savings accounts
  • Money market accounts
  • Certificates/term deposits/fixed deposits (with maturity dates no later than the program start date or stating that funds can be withdrawn at anytime)
  • Educational loans (a loan application is not sufficient)
  • Benevolent account
  • Current account
  • Post office accounts
  • University scholarships

The following are examples of sources that are NOT acceptable:

  • Investment portfolios (Examples: stocks, bonds, mutual funds)
  • Retirement plans
  • Public provident funds
  • Available lines of credit
  • Wire transfers
  • Deeds to real estate
  • Leases with rental income
  • Salary agreements or paystubs
  • Material items (examples: livestock, land, jewelry, fur)
  • Income tax forms

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