Pre-Arrival Information

Admission Packet Documents
Upon acceptance to Lewis University, we will email and mail you an admission package, including:

Acceptance Letter
You will need this acceptance letter to obtain your visa, and will also need to present this upon arrival in the USA along with your I-20 forms.

I-20 Immigration Forms (or F-1 Transfer Clearance Form)
Your I-20 forms are required to obtain your visa. If you have already attended a school located in the United States, the F-1 Transfer Clearance Form must be filled out by your former school's International Advisor and delivered to Lewis before we can create your I-20.

Pre-Arrival Steps
SEVIS Fee for Obtaining Your Student Visa
Before making an embassy appointment to interview for a visa, you must pay the SEVIS fee of $200 USD. Once you receive your I-20 form and letter of admission, and have paid your SEVIS fee, make an appointment with your local Embassy to apply for your student visa (F-1 status). Note: If you currently possess a valid F-1 visa and plan to transfer from a school located in the United States, you may disregard this step.

Student Housing Application (if you plan to live on campus)
Please mail the Student Housing Application form, along with a check for $100 made out to "Lewis University".

Health Immunization Records
All Lewis University students need to submit written proof of updated immunization and tuberculosis (TB) screening/testing. Students are required to have Illinois state-mandated immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DT/DTP/DTaP/Td/Tdap). These Health Immunization Records must be completed and signed by a health care provider before beginning classes.

Confirmation of Your Arrival
Once you have received your student visa or provided us with the F-1 Transfer Clearance Form, you may proceed to make travel arrangements to the United States. Please confirm the date and time of your arrival with the Office of International Student Services: Michael Fekete ( We can make arrangements to pick you up from Chicago O'Hare International or Midway Airport when you provide us with your flight details, including:

  • date of arrival
  • time of arrival
  • name of last airport and city where you will be before coming to Chicago
  • name of arrival airport in Chicago (Midway or O'Hare)
  • airline company
If you would prefer to make your own transportation arrangements, please inform us you will not require transportation assistance.

Arrival at Lewis
Upon arrival, the Office of International Student Services will be able to assist you in obtaining your room key, moving in if you will be living on campus, and answer any questions you may have.

International Student Orientation (MANDATORY)
This mandatory orientation, required by the U.S. Immigration Services, will be held the Thursday before classes start each semester (January and August), and will cover information regarding registering for your classes, insurance, transportation information, driver's license, social security, immigration and legal work issues.

Note: It is mandatory that you check-in with the International Student Services staff within the 1st day of your arrival in the Chicago area, by either calling 1-815-836-5549 or 1-815-836-7189.

Please keep us updated with any difficulties in obtaining your student visa or on your travel plans. If you have any questions, please contact:

Tyler King
Director of International Recruitment
1(815) 836-5635

Lewis University
One University Parkway
International Admission, Unit 297
Romeoville, IL 60446
United States of America