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Applying for a Visa

  • Overview


    A visa is a document that is placed in your passport and is used to seek entry into the U.S. 

    A visa entitles the visa holder to travel to a U.S. port of entry and ask to be admitted to the U.S. The inspector at the port of entry, upon examining the visitor's documents, will decide whether or not they may enter the U.S. 

    Where to apply
    When to apply
    How to apply
    Canadian citizens


  • Preparing for Your Visa Interview

    Preparing for Your Visa Interview

    Required documents
    Disclosure of social media use
    Information on the interview process

  • Visa Expiration
    Expiration of Visa vs. Expiration of Status

    Although your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 must remain valid while you are in the U.S., it is okay to remain in the U.S. with an expired student visa.

    The visa expiration date is separate from your length of authorized stay in the U.S. If your visa expires while you are in the U.S. and/or its number of entries has been used, or if you have changed your nonimmigrant status while in the U.S., the next time you travel abroad you must apply for a new F-1 or J-1 visa in order to return to the U.S.

    Visas can only be obtained outside of the U.S. at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate (Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa stamp to enter the U.S.).

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I apply for a visa in a country that is not my country of citizenship or permanent residence?
    My visa has expired but I'm traveling to Canada/Mexico for Spring Break; what are my options?


  • Resources


    For the "Top 10 Things You Should Know about the F-1 Visa Interview,"  view the following presentation given by immigration attorney and former U.S. Consular Officer Mandy Feuerbacher on May 5, 2021.