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A visa is:
an entry document that you must apply for at a consulate outside the United States.
You need a valid unexpired student visa to enter the United States.
How To Apply
Not sure who to list? Use your school or department address. The phone number is 212-854-1754.
Dependents must submit their own DS-160.
Use your program name as it appears on your admission letter or your I-20/DS-2019.
Use your best estimate on the time you need to complete your program. The response to this question does not determine the length of your visa.
Select the best option that is true at the time of submitting the application.
List your primary source of funding as it appears on your I-20/DS-2019.
Schedule Your Visa Interview
Prepare Your Documents
Attend Your Interview
- Review 10 points to remember when applying for a non-immigrant visa from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the leading organization committed to international education and exchange.
Renewing Your Visa
If your visa expires while you are maintaining status and in the U.S., nothing happens. Please learn more about visa expiration here. However, if you are travelling internationally, you will need an unexpired visa to request entry into the U.S. (with the potential exception when traveling from Canada, Mexico, or certain Adjacent Caribbean Islands).
The visa renewal process is similar to the initial F-1 or J-1 student visa application outlined above. You must obtain the visa from a US consulate or embassy abroad, ideally in your home country where you were last successful, and you will need to establish your nonimmigrant intent and ties to your home country.
Generally these are the documents you need, but each consulate may require additional application materials so check with the consulate at which you will apply.
- your passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)
- most recent I-20 with valid travel signature, and updated proof of funding.
- a copy of your transcripts and a certificate of enrollment from the Office of the University Registrar, if applying for a visa during your academic program.
- your EAD card and proof of employment, if you are on OPT or STEM OPT Extension
Visa Delays and Denials
After your visa interview, you will be notified if administrative processing is necessary.
If your visa is delayed, notify our office using this report form. We will track your application, but are unable to resolve individual cases. Most students receive their visa before the start of their program.