How to Get a New Visa
The information contained on this page is for general information purposes only. Due to frequent government updates, NYU OGS may make additions, deletions, or modifications to the contents on this page at any time without prior notice.
Please note, these directions are meant to help you in completing your application but should not be considered legal advice. The US Department of State ultimately provides the decision on your visa application. You must be accurate and truthful in your application. Be aware that any information you withhold from your application, or inaccurate information you accidentally or intentionally include in your application, could result in a visa denial. This information also includes your social media presence.
You must be accurate and truthful in your application. Be aware that any information you withhold from your application, or inaccurate information you accidentally or intentionally include in your application, could result in a visa denial. This information also includes your social media presence.
Remember, your visa can expire while you are in the United States, but you must renew your student visa before you reenter the US from an international trip if it will no longer be valid at the time of your reentry.
Due to the COVID-19 situation the US Department of State suspended routine visa services in March 2020. On July 14 they announced that the will begin a phased resumption of routine visa services. We recommend you continue to review the website of the consulate or embassy you intend to apply for your US visa at to be aware of any further updates in their services. Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. To find the website of the consulate or embassy nearest you, review this listing of websites of US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions.
Scheduled Your Visa Appointment Successfully?
Despite the US Department of State public announcement of suspending visa services, we have received sporadic updates from students who have reported success in scheduling a student visa interview. Because the US Department of State has not provided a centralized resource on the status of individual consulates, the Office of Global Services has been compiling information so that we can continue to track worldwide consulate trends on student visas. We ask that you provide us with information on your visa appointment if you have thus far been able to successfully schedule a visa interview at a US Consulate. If you haven’t yet been able to schedule a visa interview, please submit your visa appointment information to us as soon as you are able to schedule your visa interview.
If your visa has expired and you're on OPT or Academic Training, you need to get a new visa from a US consulate or embassy outside of the US. You can't apply for a new visa inside the US. Learn about the documents you need to compile for your new visa application from the US government at ustraveldocs.com. Minimally, you'll need to have the following documents listed below.
To Better Prepare
Visit the website of the US consulate you plan to apply at. You may also want to read the Department of State information on visa denials, and tips on how to apply for a visa. You can also review information on how to make a visa appointment and to check on visa wait times in the city you plan to apply. If you have applied for a visa and have been waiting for more than one month for the results of a security advisory opinion, be sure to let us know by emailing email@example.com.
An unexpired passport valid at least six months into the future.
I-20 or DS-2019
A valid I-20 or DS-2019, which has been signed for travel. F-1 students, be sure you have your printed I-20 with you. Do not rely on an electronic document.
Proof of Financial Support
Proof of financial support as reflected on the I-20 or DS-2019. This may include personal or family bank statements, affidavits of support, or copies of your fellowship or scholarship letter.
If your financial documents have changed or been updated, provide them to OGS so we can update your I-20/DS-2019 prior to your visa appointment.
EAD or Employment Authorization Letter
An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by the USCIS for F-1 students on practical training; or an employment authorization letter issued by the OGS for J-1 students on academic training.
F-1 Students - Employer Letter
Get a letter from your employer stating your job title, job description, begin and end dates (must fall within the practical training period), and verifying that your employer knows you are traveling and expects you to return to complete your job. If you do not have a job, we advise you not to travel as you may difficulty re-entering the U.S.
J-1 Students - Employer Letter
Get a letter from your employer stating your job title, job description, begin and end dates, and verifying that your employer knows you are traveling and expects you to return to complete your job.
F-1 Students - Report Employment to OGS
While on OPT, you must report your employment information and any address updates to OGS once every six months. Report any updates BEFORE traveling outside the US. Report your OPT employment.