Applying for a U.S. Visa Stamp
Visa application requirements and wait times can vary from one country to the next. Check the web site of the U.S. Embassy in the country to which you will travel for specific information and requirements and to schedule an interview. Allow enough time abroad for visa processing. Keep in mind that your visa process may be delayed if documents are missing or if the consular officer has additional questions. You can find the consular web site at http://www.usembassy.gov/
Print our Important Travel Information page which includes this information and our travel checklist.
Review these ten points on what you should remember when applying to renew your visa: www.nafsa.org/resourcelibrary/default.aspx?id=8643
Documents Needed for Visa Renewal:
Please note that you should review the U.S. consulate’s website for your home country for the required forms needed, fees, and other requirements.
|F-1 Student/ J-1 Students & Dependents:¨ All I-20(s) or DS-2019(s)
¨ Official Transcripts
¨ SEVIS Fee Receipt
¨ (Graduate Students) Letter from your advisor explaining your academic research
¨ Documentation of finances, which corresponds to what is listed on your most recent I-20/DS-2019
¨ If you are currently authorized for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, a photocopy of your EAD and job offer letter.
¨ Documents showing your “non-immigrant intent” (i.e. documents which help to prove your ties to your home country and verify that you have no intentions of immigrating to the U.S.)
|J-1 Scholars & Dependents :¨ All DS-2019s
¨ Letter of invitation
¨ Documentation of finances, which corresponds to what is listed on your most recent DS-2019
¨ SEVIS Fee Receipt
|H1B or O-1 status (and Dependents) ¨ Most recent H-1B or O-1 approval notice
¨ Copy of the I-129 petition
¨ (for H1B visa holders) Copy of the Labor Condition Application (LAC)
¨ Original Degree Certificates/ Certification of Evaluation (if necessary)
¨ Original letter from your department confirming your continued employment