An admitted international student will normally come to the United States on an F-1 student visa or a J-1 exchange visitor visa. After you have been accepted and submitted your deposit, you will need to verify your funding for the academic year by returning a completed Confirmation of Financial Resources form, as well as a Non-Immigrant Information Form (or NIF), to the Berkeley International Office. Once these forms have been processed, you will receive a "Certificate of Eligibility" (I-20 or DS 2019) document to present at a U.S. embassy or consulate for a visa. Students from abroad are expected to return to their home countries upon completion of their studies.
For more information about the visa application process, a glossary of terms used in the application process, and requirements for international travel, see the following page: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/travel/travel.php
To contact the Berkeley International Office, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 642-2818.
For further information regarding the NIF, please see: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/students/New/the_nif.php.
For questions on the NIF, please e-mail email@example.com.