IMPORTANT UPDATE — MARCH 9, 2021: Both the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule and the Department of State (DOS) public charge policy are currently not in effect. The DHS rule was halted on March 9, 2021, while the DOS policy was paused indefinitely on July 29, 2020. This page reflects those policies, which initially took effect on Feb. 24, 2020, and will not be immediately updated according to the previous, longstanding guidance issued in 1999. Learn more.
USCIS requires all degrees and transcripts from high school to the highest degree obtained. If a degree is from an institution outside of the United States, USCIS is also requesting a foreign education evaluation. If the evidence is unavailable, you must provide an explanation and, if possible, evidence, such as a letter from the issuing institution. If the transcripts are no longer available, then you can provide a statement or evidence that you can no longer obtain them.