F-1 Student Visa Information

What Is an F-1 Student Visa?

The F-1 student visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows international students to enter the US and study at institutions certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

As an F-1 student, the duration of your stay will vary based on the program in which you enroll. The I-20 form provided by the university you wish to attend will list the expiration date of your program.

Please note: If you would like information on how to apply for an F-1 student visa, as well as tips for your visa interview, please visit our Applying for a Student Visa page.

F-1 Visa Maintenance and Renewal

As an F-1 student, you are responsible for maintaining your own F-1 visa status. You must adhere to all government guidelines. Please be aware that any violation of federal regulations can result in the termination of your F-1 visa status.

Your F-1 visa is used to enter the U.S. Once you are in the U.S. you may stay here past the expiration date on your F-1 visa as long as you are maintaining your F-1 status. However, if you wish to travel abroad you will need to obtain a new F-1 visa to re-enter the US. Please discuss with your DSO/PDSO well in advance of any planned travel.

Always remain aware of your visa expiration date. Please follow these instructions to renew your visa.

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