The visa is a permit stamped inside your passport by an official of another country's consulate or embassy that enables you to enter that country. You must have a valid visa in your passport to enter the United States. A visa to enter the U.S. is only issued at a U.S. consulate outside of the United States. There is no way to obtain or renew a visa stamp in your passport while in the United States. Students must travel to their home country, Canada or Mexico to apply for and receive a visa. The most common type of visa issued for study in the U.S. is the F-1 visa.

Continuing Student - What is needed to renew my visa?

To renew your F-1 visa, you will need to submit the following documents to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate:

  1. Visa application forms -  DS 160 ( Application for Nonimmigrant Visa), DS 157 ( Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application) and DS 158 ( Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant)
  2. Valid passport that does not expire for at least six months
  3. Current SEVIS I-20 with immigration adviser's signature
  4. Enrollment Letter - Proof of enrollment from Office of the Registrar
  5. Copy of current WTAMU transcript
  6. Proof of financial support
  7. Proof of ties to your home country
  8. Passport size photo
  9. Things to Remember When Applying for a Visa
    Note: Re-entry to the U.S. may be denied if your F-1 visa has expired. Security checks may delay issuance for several weeks.