International Student Ministry and Services

Compliance with Immigration Regulations

International students at Southwestern Seminary are required to be in compliance with all federal immigration regulations applicable to their visa type (visa status). Southwestern Seminary does not admit students who are currently in violation of their statuses with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly known as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Prospective and returning international students should contact International Student Ministry and Services (ISMS) in order to comply with the proper admissions procedures. International students are allowed to enroll only at the Fort Worth and the J. Dalton Havard (Houston) campuses. New international students can generally begin only during the Fall or Spring semesters.

Permanent Residence Card

All Resident Alien applicants must provide a copy of their Permanent Residence Card I-551 (Green Card) with the application. The Green Card is issued to all Permanent Residents as proof that they have been granted legal status to live and work in the United States.

R-1 Visa and Other Non-F-1 Visa Types

All applicants under R-1 status and other visa types should contact ISMS regarding specific admission policies related to their visa statuses. All education for Non-F-1 visa holders must be incidental to their primary visa status.

Statement of Financial Support

USCIS requires that all F-1 visa students provide evidence of adequate financial support, as noted on the last page of a student's I-20 document: "You must also provide evidence of support for tuition and fees and living expenses while you are in the United States." Hence, students who have dependents must provide adequate financial support for themselves and all of their dependents.

Written Communication Course

A Written Communication Course is now required for all graduate level students for whom English is a second language. This is a two-hour course and students must enroll during the first semester at Southwestern Seminary. Academic credits will be given, but cannot be used in the degree programs.

ISMS Office Information

International students, current or prospective, in need of additional information or assistance may contact ISMS; the telephone number is (817) 923-1921, ext. 3970.  You may also email us at iss@swbts.edu.

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