Applying for a New Visa (Visa Renewal)

Important: Visit Individual US Embassy/Consulate Website

Visit US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions to know the specific procedures and documents required for the individual office where you will apply.  Often additional, specific documents are required. 

For example, you may need: Official transcript,CV, copies of publications, detailed descriptions of research, etc.

Where to Apply for US Visa

A visa cannot be obtained from within the U.S. You may apply at any U.S. embassy or consulate office that issues visas; however, for best results it is highly recommended you apply in your home country. If you apply at a location outside your home country, you need to first confirm the office will accept applications from third country nationals (a person who is not a citizen or resident of that country).

Timing Considerations

Please take careful consideration before deciding to travel if you will need a new visa.  All visa applications require a security check that could delay the application.  If you decide to travel, we suggest applying for a visa as soon as possible after arriving at your destination. 

Helpful Visa Application Websites

Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa

DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application

Visa Wait Times by Consular Office

Visa Reciprocity Fee and Validity Table

Verify New Visa for Accuracy

If you get a new visa, be sure to verify you were given the correct category (e.g. F-1 or J-1) and that your name matches your passport exactly (including spelling and spacing) while at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Mistakes not noticed immediately may require another application for another visa with fee.



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