When Do You Need a New Visa
If the visa stamp in your passport has expired, you will need to get a new visa stamp the next time you leave the United States for home or any country. It is NOT necessary to have a valid stamp while studying and remaining within the U.S. with your PCC I-20.
- Possible delay of several weeks in F-1 visa issuance/renewal
- If you need or plan to renew your F-1 visa, you must apply in your country of citizenship or residence. Contact the U.S. Embassies/Consulates in advance for additional information such as appointments and interviews. For visa wait time in your country, please log on to http://www.travel.state.gov/ (link)
- Special security checks will be enforced at U.S. visa posts in 26 countries that will take up to 20 days. Countries affected are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
- Delays may also be found in Bangladesh and India.
How to Apply for a New Visa
- Complete Travel Request Form.
- Submit them at the ISC counter along with the following:
- Original I-20
- Copy of passport
- Copy of Visa Page
- Copy of I-94
- Copy of any red stamp in your passport
- Pick up your I-20.
- Obtain evidence of bank funds you have from your sponsor. You may need to submit an Affidavit of Support (I-864 Form).
- Take your I-20 with a travel signature, bank statement, transcript, and your passport with you when you leave the U.S.
- Go to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country of citizenship or residence with all of the above documents.
Upon your return, bring your passport to our office to submit a copy of your visa stamp in your file.
- It is a good idea to have a copy of your entire passport in a safe place in case it is lost or stolen.
- You cannot renew an F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate in a country other than your own.