Passport: Your passport must be valid at all times. For renewal procedures or if you lose your passport, immediately contact your home country’s embassy or nearest consulate to have it replaced.
F-1 Visa: A valid F-1 visa stamp is necessary to enter the U.S. for the purpose of study by a temporary visitor (nonimmigrant) to the U.S. It is not necessary that the visa be valid while you are in the U.S. It is only when traveling outside the U.S. that you must have a valid visa for re-entry. It is not possible to obtain an F-1 visa from within the U.S.: F-1 visas are issued only at a U.S. embassy or consulate outside the U.S. To get information on renewing or obtaining an F-1 visa, contact the U.S. embassy or consulate you will visit at http://usembassy.state.gov/.
SEVIS Form I-20: Read and clearly understand the information on your SEVIS form I-20. If you lose your I-20, you should immediately request a new I-20 from the International Student Office. The I-20 is specific to the program and major indicated in items #4 and #5, and is valid until the date indicated in Item #5 or the date you finish your program, whichever comes first. Keep your I-20 valid at all times. Please keep in mind that you are expected to safely keep the initial I-20 bearing admission number and any subsequent copies which have been issued to you.
Form I-94: Beginning April, 2013, DHS began automating the admission process. For F-1 students who entered the United States in/after April, 2013 were issued the form I-94 electronically. The electronic Form I-94 contains the following information:
- Admission (I-94) Record Number: 11 digit number
- Admit Until Date: F-1 students will normally be admitted to the U.S. for “duration of status”, noted as “D/S” * Duration of status is the time during which an F-1 student is pursuing a full course of studies at a SEVIS-approved school, including time on OPT.
I-94 Admission Number Retrieval Link: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html