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.

Additional Visa Resources

International Student Services

A.C. Buehler Library, Lower Level

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