|VISA RENEWAL INFORMATION||
visa stamp in my passport is about to expire.
Do I need a new one ?
If you are not planning
to travel outside the U.S., you do not need a new visa.
The visa that is
stamped in your passport is for entry purposes only.
Once you are in the U.S., your I-20 and I-94 card become the
active documents that permit you to remain in the U.S.
You are allowed to stay for “Duration of Status” (the period
of time you remain a student in good standing.)
The date noted on your I-20 as the expected completion date of
your studies is the expiration date of your F-1 status.
This date can be extended through the Office of International
Student Services if necessary.
do I apply for a new visa?
You can apply for a
visa at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country when you go
home for a visit. It is
important to realize that some consulates require an appointment. Additionally, significant delays of three to four months are
not uncommon. Background
checks can cause more delays and be triggered by an arrest, coursework
that appears in your transcript, or simply by your country of
If your visa will be
expired at the time you wish to re-enter the U.S., check with the
consulate or embassy to determine how long it is currently taking to
process new visas by visiting the Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov.
What do I need to take to the Consulate in order to apply for a new visa?
I apply for a new visa within the United States?
Under most circumstances and especially after September 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. consulates will not issue visas for non-immigrants. You must travel outside the country for a renewal.
for a new visa in a third country
You may be eligible to
apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in a third country such
as Canada or Mexico. To enter a third country, however, you may
need an entry visa to visit Canada or Mexico. Please inquire with
their consulate by phone or via email whether a visa is required.
There is also the possibility you will be denied.
Canada: (213) 346-2771
Mexico: (202) 736-1000
Please keep in mind
that as of April 1, 2002, F students from all countries who go to
Canada, Mexico, or any other third country post to apply for a new visa are
not allowed to re-enter the U.S. on an expired visa stamp if the new
visa is not approved at the U.S. Consulate.
If the application for the visa is denied, the student or scholar
would, in most cases, need to depart directly to their home country to
apply for a new visa to re-enter the U.S.
students who are subject to background checks must remain in the third
country until the background check is completed and the visa is approved
before being allowed to re-enter the U.S.
Background checks can take up to three months.
instructions for Visa application in Mexico or Canada
Effective November 1,
2002, the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico only processes F-1
visas for continuing students in full-time degree programs who can
demonstrate that their F-1 visa was issued in their home country .
Please note that
embassies and consulates along the U.S. border can no longer accept
applications from non-resident TCNs who are nationals of the six
countries currently designated as state sponsors of terrorism.
You must make an appointment for an interview in order to apply for a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. Consular Border Post in Canada or Mexico. For more information, visit the Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov.