Frequently Asked Questions I read that I must purchase health insurance. I already have health insurance from my home country. Is that good enough? + More The majority of F-1 students must purchase insurance, although there are few exceptions. Please see Health Insurance. I have questions about what is needed to receive an I-20. Who do I contact? + More Contact Alison Block or Tina Koecheler, the Saint Mary's University International Student Advisers, to receive an I-20. What's an I-94 record? + More The I-94 is your Arrival/Departure Record. You can access your I-94 record here. I am currently studying at another college in the U.S. and will transfer to Saint Mary's University next semester. What do I need to do? + More Students with a F-1 visa already studying in the U.S., no matter what degree level, must have your SEVIS record "transferred" to the Saint Mary’s University. Only one school at a time is allowed access to your SEVIS record. In order for Saint Mary’s University to issue your I-20, your international student adviser at your current school will need to transfer your SEVIS record to Saint Mary’s. Please read the required steps and documents above. While attending Saint Mary's on an F-1 visa, may I have a job? + More There are a limited number of on-campus employment opportunities for students attending our Minneapolis or Winons campuses. There are no on-campus employment opportunities at the Rochester, Minnetonka, Oakdale or Apple Valley Centers. After completing 1 full academic year of course work at Saint Mary’s University, international students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) which authorizes full-time (40 hours a week) within the US. OPT is granted by the US-CIS and requires a completed application and fee paid. I have heard I need to get a social security number now that I am in the U.S. How can I get one? + More Social security numbers are issued to international students who are authorized for off-campus employment. A Social Security number will not be issued for non-work purposes. I was admitted provisionally and need to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) course my first semester. Does that count towards my full-time credit requirement? + More Yes. Undergraduate students are required to register for at least 12 credits each academic quarter and graduate students must register for at least 6 credits. An ESL class will count towards that minimum.