Certificate of Eligibility Request (CERF) Information

Before you complete the CERF:

  • The form must be typed, not handwritten.
  • All dates entered on the form must be in mm/dd/yy format.
  • The student's signature is required on the last page.
  • We will contact you at the email address on page 1 of your CERF.
  • If your financial documentation, CERF, and other required documents are in order, we will process your visa sponsorship document.
  • After your I20/DS2019 has been issued, the following information will be sent to the email address you provided on page 1 of your CERF: mailing information, visa instructions, a scanned copy of your I20/DS2019, and other important information.

Complete the CERF and submit it along with all required documents to cerfs[at]ipo.umass[dot]edu. Refer to your Visa Sponsorship email for other requirements.


You will be issued an I-20 for an F-1 visa, unless YOU specify that you prefer a DS-2019 for a J-1 visa. Complete section 2a: Visa Types to indicate that you would like to obtain a DS-2019.

  • IMPORTANT! For students on a J-1 visa, the Skills List applies: When you agree to participate in an Exchange Visitor Program, if your field of knowledge or skill is on your country’s Skills List, you are subject to the two-year home residency requirement. This requires you to return to your home country for two years at the end of your program. This requirement under immigration law is based on Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended. To determine if your field (what you will be studying at UMass) is on the U.S. Department of State’s Skills List, please visit and follow the instructions.
  • If you are subject to the Skills List, you can apply for a waiver. If you have received government funding in the past, you are subject to 212(e).