All international students seeking an F-1 visa must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support form. This affidavit must be accompanied by one of the following: a) original, currently dated bank statement; or b) an original, currently dated letter with a bank official’s signature; or c) detailed letter of sponsorship from a government, employer, or other organization sponsoring the student indicating the exact dollar amount for expenses in U.S. funds.
The bank statement must show the required available funds as specified on the affidavit. The Affidavit of Financial Support is valid for one year. If the applicant is in the U.S., the bank statement must be dated no more than 6 months prior to the month of the term of admission; if the applicant is outside the U.S., the bank statement must be dated no more than one year prior to the month of the term of admission.
If the applicant is currently attending or has recently attended a U.S. institution on an F-1 visa, s/he must still provide this affidavit since s/he is applying to begin a new program. The student’s SEVIS record must also be transferred from the previous institution to the University of Michigan-Flint by the previous institution’s DSO. Students in the U.S. on another type of visa do not have to provide the Affidavit of Financial Support unless they will be applying for F-1 status.