American Visa

If your visa has expired, you need to get a new visa from a US consulate or embassy outside of the US. 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. You can’t apply for a new visa inside the US. Visit your country's US Embassy or Consulate website to learn about what you will need for your student visa.

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.

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 contact us.

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.

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.

At the minimum, you will need the following to apply*:



An unexpired passport valid at least six months into the future.

I-20 or DS-2019

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

Proof of financial support as reflected on the I-20 or DS-2019. This may include personal or family bank statements, an affidavit 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.

Enrollment verification

Enrollment Verification

Proof of full-time enrollment in the form of an NYU enrollment verification.

SEVIS Fee Receipt

SEVIS Fee Receipt

Proof that you have paid the SEVIS fee. Get your SEVIS fee receipt.

* Make sure to check the full list of required documents.

Once You Have Your New Visa

Provide OGS a copy of your new visa so we can have your latest on file.

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.