Bank Letter Instructions

The U.S. government requires proof of financial support from all international students applying for an F-1 visa to study in the U.S.A.

To verify the support noted on the Confirmation of Financial Support, we must require each individual providing support (parent, sponsor, or student, if self-funding) to request a letter from their bank to verify account status and the amount available.

Bank letters should be:

  • Currently dated (within last 6 months)
  • Written in English
  • Printed on bank letterhead

Please include the items listed below:

  • Bank letterhead, which should include the bank name and location
  • Name of an individual bank customer, not a company
  • How long individual has been a customer of this bank
  • The average amount available in accounts and amount that is currently readily available
  • The amount should be listed in local currency and in U.S. dollars
  • Signed & dated by a bank representative