Applying for a New F-1 Visa for Continuing Students
Students who are maintaining legal student status in the U.S. do not need to have a valid visa to remain in the U.S. However, if the student plans to leave the U.S. and return to resume studies, in most cases, he/she needs a valid visa to return. A new F-1/J-1 visa cannot be obtained in the U.S.
Before leaving the U.S., you must notify OISSS of your travels at least 2 weeks before leaving. This will ensure that your SEVIS record and I-20/DS-2019 are valid. You will not be able to get a new visa with a terminated, cancelled, or deactivated I-20/DS-2019.
Important Information & Conditions
- You need to have maintained legal student status while in the U.S.
- You need to be currently enrolled or planning to enroll for the next academic semester, or have received authorization to engage in OPT (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students).
- F-1 students on OPT will need an EAD card and job offer. Applying for a visa while on OPT can be risky, talk to OISSS before leaving the country to go over the procedure.
- Have a "valid" reason for applying in the country where the consulate is located. Applying for a visa in your home country is generally considered to be easier than applying for a visa in a country where you are not a citizen or legal resident.
- Give yourself enough time! The visa processing times vary according to the individual consulate.
Visa Application Process
- Visit the Department of State's website for the F-1 visa requirements!