I-20 Travel and U.S. Re-Entry
Present the following documents to U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon re-entry:
- Passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)
- Valid Visa (with multiple entry stamp)
- I-20 form with valid travel signature. Travel signatures are good for one year, or until the end of the program, whichever date is earlier. *NOTE: F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) must have travel documents signed every 6 months
- SEVIS fee receipt (I-901): Don’t have your receipt? You can print it at www.fmjfee.com
- Most Recent Transcripts (recommended)
- Financial certification (bank statement, department stipend letter) (recommended)
At the port of entry, your passport will be date stamped and returned to you. Obtain your electronic I-94 form at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home.
Renewing Your F-1 Visa
Review the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply for your visa for location specific information.
- When renewing your visa, anticipate delays, especially if you will be traveling during holiday or peak travel seasons. Security checks can delay visa issuance by several weeks.
- Please note that you do not need to pay the SEVIS fee for visa renewals. The SEVIS fee is a one-time fee paid prior to starting your F-program.
- You can only renew your visa at a U.S. consulate abroad.
U.S. consulates and embassies will generally require that you:
- Submit the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application: DS-160 tips can be found at http://www.immihelp.com/visas/ds-160-usa-visa-form-guide.html
- Pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee
- Make an appointment to interview for the F-visa at the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy. The consulate will not schedule an appointment for you. Review the Department of State website for visa interview tips.
- Bring the following documents to your interview:
- I-20 form
- SEVIS fee receipt (I-901)
- Financial Certification
- Visa Application Confirmation Page
- Visa Application Fee Payment Receipt
- Most recent Transcripts
- Passport (valid at least 6-months into the future).
NOTE: Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a visa.
For an overview of the F-1 visa application process, please see the U.S. Department of State website.