If you plan to travel outside of the US, your international student advisor must sign page 3 of your I-20. Please allow 3 days for a travel signature to be processed. The travel endorsement signature must be updated each and every time you leave the country during your studies.
Visa Renewal Your visa cannot be renewed from inside the US. In order to renew your F-1 student visa, you should make an appointment with a US embassy or consulate in your home country.
Before you apply for a visa renewal, you should understand the process and rules governing the renewal of a US visa. Please read the following very carefully and contact International Student Services (ISS) if you need more information or assistance.
Documents you must provide to ISS upon returning to the US:
Student visas are only given to persons who can demonstrate to the consul that they intend to return permanently to their home countries.
You must prove that you are making full-time progress toward completing your educational or professional objective; you must also demonstrate that you are still able to finance the cost of your educational and living expenses in the US.
Consuls are impersonal when administering laws; do not try to negotiate or discuss personal matters during your meeting.
Be Prepared for the ConsulPrepare thoroughly for your meeting with the consul by organizing your paperwork.
Make sure that you have the following items or evidence:
Demonstrate to the consul that you will return home permanently after you complete your studies. Present papers that prove your strong ties to your country, such as frequent trips, deeded property or family business ownership.
Get ready for a new I-94 process for arrivals and departures, rolling out at the end of April. read more