The visa is a permit stamped inside your passport by an official of another country's consulate or embassy that enables you to enter that country. You must have a valid visa in your passport to enter the United States. A visa to enter the U.S. is only issued at a U.S. consulate outside of the United States. There is no way to obtain or renew a visa stamp in your passport while in the United States. Students must travel to their home country, Canada or Mexico to apply for and receive a visa. The most common type of visa issued for study in the U.S. is the F-1 visa.
Continuing Student - What is needed to renew my visa?
To renew your F-1 visa, you will need to submit the following documents to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate:
- Visa application forms - DS 160 (Application for Nonimmigrant Visa), DS 157 (Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application) and DS 158 (Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant)
- Valid passport that does not expire for at least six months
- Current SEVIS I-20 with immigration adviser's signature
- Enrollment Letter - Proof of enrollment from Office of the Registrar
- Copy of current WTAMU transcript
- Proof of financial support
- Proof of ties to your home country
- Passport size photo
- Things to Remember When Applying for a Visa
Note: Re-entry to the U.S. may be denied if your F-1 visa has expired. Security checks may delay issuance for several weeks.